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Two Women’s Food Review..............6 Sunday Drive, Any Time....................8

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3D Enterprises is proud to announce the inaugural issue of 3D Productions Hammock Island Magazine. Serving Butler Beach to Flagler Beach, offering a beautiful source of stories, reviews and directory of the local service industries. We are excited to spotlight the best of the best the area has to offer with the support of Flagler county businesses. 3D Enterprises serves our community through 3D Tree and Landscaping, 3D Properties and now through 3D Productions. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how to be included in this captivating new publication or if we can assist through one of our other subsidiaries. © 2016 HAMMOCK ISLAND Magazine. Photo Credits: Charles C. Smith, Luis Garcia, Russell Maiorana, Scott W. Spradley, & Stacy Harris To receive our media package visit, request one by email at or call our office at 386-237-7023 during normal business hours. © 2016 HAMMOCK ISLAND Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part, without written permission from HAMMOCK ISLAND Magazine is prohibited. Every attempt has been made to verify the information contained in this publication. We assume no responsibility for incorrect, omitted or outdated information contained herein. We publish ads and stories without any implied endorsement of organizations, the views they express or the products/services they offer.

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Two Women’s Food Review The Island Grille at the Topaz Hotel is located at 1224 Oceanshore Blvd. in Flagler Beach, 3 Miles east of I-95 (Exit 91) & 12 Blocks South of SR 100 and is truly a wonderful find! The Island Grille which is located inside the hotel was once a 1920’s private mansion owned by the one of the most successful landowners in the area, Dana Fuquay, and featured one of the first in-ground swimming pools in the area. Being raised in the Ormond Beach and Flagler areas, I can’t believe I haven’t found this place sooner being right in my own backyard! Especially, coming from someone who is always on the hunt for local history and smaller locally owned businesses. Choose a brief drive either North from Ormond Beach or South from Palm Coast


and St. Augustine and enjoy the great scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean along the way as you head to the Grille. Plenty of parking is available, as my co-worker and I observed one Thursday evening. Also, I couldn’t help but observe the buildings structure with its three distinctive archways in the front and the veranda that wrapped around the second floor. Towards the North side of the hotel you will see a ramp leading up to the restaurant’s outside seating area with an entrance to go to the inside dinning, or there is access from the main entrance of the hotel as well. We chose to sit inside, but they also offer a lot of different sitting options with tables lining large windows in unique rooms that overlook A1A and the ocean and there is outside seating as well. As I looked around,

the atmosphere has a really relaxed feeling and it instantly made me feel as though I was on vacation within their Island beach theme decor and a tiki bar located just inside the door. The restaurant’s other inside seating area transitions you back in time to the early 1920’s with antiques displayed throughout. One of my favorite areas located within the restaurant can be found towards the west side of the building typically used during weekends for their famous Sunday Brunches. It has a large beautiful white modern stone mantel above an original brick fireplace. A painted portrait of Henry Flagler himself is centered above the mantel. Our server, Michael, was very friendly and greeted us right away. Our meal started off with a salad consisting of a spring mix

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lettuce, blackened shrimp, sweet mandarin oranges, with speckled goat cheese, homemade candied walnuts and was blended with a light vinaigrette dressing. The eggroll appetizer had a modern twist to the classic eggroll and was delicious. In addition to cabbage, carrots, and celery, there are pieces of tender roast duck served with a spicy orange sauce on the side and it was presented on a plate lined with classic spicy mustard and soy sauces. Our two main entrees were the specials for the evening comprised of a honey wasabi horseradish encrusted salmon with white rice infused with a hint of coconut, and sautéed zucchini, carrots, red onions which were seasoned lightly and perfectly cooked with just that little bit of crunch. It was paired with a white wine from New Zealand called 13 Celsius with fruity notes and wasn’t too sweet. It was one of the best white wines I’ve had in a long time. The second entrée was boneless short ribs glazed with a plum tomatoes reduction served with fresh red mashed potatoes and

a fresh vegetable melody on the side. It was paired with an excellent Merlot by Robert Hall Paso Robles California. We were getting pretty full by this time, but who doesn’t have room for dessert, right? We tried the Crème Brule with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top. It’s a popular item because I overheard guests say they weren’t leaving without one. The sugar coating was outstanding! It was torched to perfection and not over burnt. I literally couldn’t stop eating it and knew I also had to try their lemon cake with fresh blueberries baked into the cake with cream cheese citrus filling. Overall, the experience was wonderful! The atmosphere was pleasantly inviting and clean. The food was fantastic with Chef/ owner Gary Maresca skills in the kitchen. The Island Grille offers daily specials and a good variety of options on their menu at reasonable prices. Owners Joe Rizzo, David Alfin, Chris Zwirn, Carla Cline and Gary Maresca truly have a Florida Treasure on their hands. The

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Southern View from Fort Matanzas

Sunday Drive, Any Time Scenic A-1-A winds south through a county named for a visionary of today’s Florida tourism. With his never ending quest to build resorts for the rich and famous, Henry Flagler built a lasting foundation of travel that would later provide the stage and setting for one of the best ways to tour the county which bears his name, Flagler. Affectionately known as Sunday Drivers, these folks continue to discover hidden gems within Flagler County which is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered on any Sunday drive. Marineland, 75 years young is the first of many stops along the coastal byway. The world’s first oceanarium thrilled visitors with shows by Nellie the Dolphin and entertained audiences with television shows, like Sea Hunt which was filmed on location. Today, Marineland educates through physical encounters with dolphins. Gone are the days of it being a simple tourist stop. Marineland actively supports a thriving community of marine scientists actively studying marine animals of the area. Across the street from this attraction, the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience accommodates guests with engaging events including a Sea Turtle Hospital, that not only helps rescue and release magnificent creatures, it also helps guests to

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understand the delicate balance between people and the ecosystem. Further south, “Old Florida” comes to life. Ancient oaks shade the drive as the Hammock welcomes passersby. Once home to considerable plantations, Buena Vista and Mala Compra, today’s Washington Oaks and Bing’s Landing, are two wonderful places to stop and enjoy. Today, the Hammock hosts a resort that would make Henry Flagler proud. Hammock Beach Resort is truly a playground for all. Complete with magnificent rooms, amenities, and a championship golf course, known as “The Pebble Beach of Florida,” it offers views destined to be memorable. Looking for a hidden gem? A simple sign with big red letters is your invitation to wonderful Marineland Marina aromas of amazing barbeque that beckon motorists and boaters to stop at 29.615°N and 81.205°W, channel marker red 108, and enjoy facts, fishing, flavor, and food at Captain’s BBQ! Beverly Beach Camptown Resort is found in a one-square mile town. Mere steps away from an RV’s door are pet-friendly beaches, cabin rentals, and walkways which provide the perfect way to enjoy warm sand between your toes and wispy ocean breezes

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Hammock Beach Resort across your face. Just down the road is the seventh coolest small town in America called Flagler Beach with its sandy shores and blue-green waters that transform into white, sudsy topped waves. Rolling, thunderous explosions turn into countless ripples with foamy fingers expanding across coquina covered coastlines. As waters retreat, shimmering colors of reds, chocolates, and black marble swirl together, revealing an ever changing palate for all to see. It is simply breathtaking! While there, spend time at The Golden Lion. Hold hands while sharing a soda. Enjoy the amazing views of the historic Flagler Beach Pier. A morning trip beachside, complete with chairs, is reminiscent of a time when life was enjoyed at a slower, more relaxing, and fun pace. It’s the sense of letting your hair down and moving to the eclectic island rhythm that is Flagler Beach. Turn west along Highway 100 to Old Kings Road South. Once known as the King’s Highway, where soldiers and supplies traveled north, this road takes you on a journey back in time when stage coaches traveled from Jacksonville offering a one day letter service. Today, Bulow Plantation State Park is the perfect place to find Old

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Florida. Further west, tourists arrive by plane at the Flagler County airport. Sit a spell at Hijackers, watch the planes come and go, and enjoy the experience of taking flight! Route 100 brings us to Bunnell. Stop by the Holden House and see what life was like for Ethel and Tom Holden, pharmacist for a young, thriving community once known as the Bunnell Colony. Today, Bunnell and West Flagler provide farm to table freshness from fields as far as the eyes can see. Drone technology, eyes in the sky, will give farmers 21st century crop management capabilities. Imagine! North U.S. 1 leads to Princess Place Preserve, the jewel of Flagler County. A rumbling, sugar-sand road winds through a canopy of Golden Lion bending oaks and lonesome pines. Trees, once marked for lumber, turpentine, or a ship’s mast, stand as silent sentries of pristine forests. Whether by horseback or by a horseless carriage, all roads to Princess Place take you back in time and leave lifetime memories. A Sunday drive through Flagler County is full of history, nature, and sights not to be missed. By Kimble Medley

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Two Separate Businesses, One Great Location Meet Carolyn. She returned to this area to sell seafood and also dreamed of one day owning a fish market. She set up shop under a tent in a parking lot and the journey began. She was selling fresh fish on the weekends. As it often does, life threw a curve ball. The parking lot that she was utilizing to sell fish on the weekends contained a wine and cheese shop. The owners approached her one day and said “Why not just manage it all?” After much thought, consultation, and prayer– she said, “Yes”. Carolyn brought her love and knowledge of fish to the back patio of the wine shop and created one GREAT location with much to do. Stop in and browse a large selection of gifts, the beautiful art gallery, pick up your fresh seafood and produce for dinner, and find the perfect wine to compliment the meal. Looking for a meal or for entertainment? You can find that here as well. Daily tapas specials are on the menu and four days per week, the evening brings entertainment on the patio. You can order a tapas-style meal, sip on the perfectly paired glass of wine or craft beer, and listen to live music. Let’s explore more about the Hammock Wine and Cheese Garden. It has grown into a market, a café, and a source of entertainment for those who live in the area and want to visit on a regular basis. This full-service establishment is also for those who are just passing through and need a break from the road. The wine is the biggest draw to this quaint shop, featuring a large selection of California wines and other wines from all around the globe. In the hot summer, you can pick up a refreshing sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or pair that nice ribeye you are having tonight with a Malbec from Argentina. Twice monthly, a wine tasting is done where you can experience some of the wines from around the world. Speaking of dinner, stop in, and pick out a great piece of fish or other seafood. Preparation tips are available with suggestions for spices and sauces which are offered for purchase. The seafood and produce market is as its name says, “Fresh 2 You.” The market also includes fish dips which are prepared on-site.


Feeling cheesy? Hammock Wine and Cheese Garden carries a broad selection of cheeses from around the world. So if it is a mild cheese from France or a much bolder English cheese – they have it right in the shop. The staff can also create a nice variety tray to take home or enjoy on the patio or in the gallery. Looking for a gift? They can assist you in putting together a great gift in the form of a gift basket or wrapped in a bag. There are gift selections for any age group from chocolate pizzas to the perfect bottle of Champaign to top off the celebration! You can stop in and pick it up or it can be delivered within the surrounding area of the shop. Looking to entertain? They can do a dinner party at your home or in their art gallery. The staff will work with you to customize your dinner or party to meet the occasion and your budget. It can be a buffet-style option or you can have table service – even in your own home. They will work with you on planning the hors d’ouevors, the meal, the wine, and the venue. Looking for something to do? Join them at any time for a tapas-style meal on the patio or in the gallery where they have a unique serving style. You are invited into the shop to browse and make decisions, then you are served at your table from there. This great venue also features a humidor and a cigar enjoyment area. Once monthly, cigars are featured at a “Cork & Stogie” night. This night includes a tasting of premium wines and food with discounts offered on those wines and cigars which are featured. Looking for art? We have a beautiful art gallery. We feature a new artist every month. Explore the gallery and take home your favorite piece! The featured artists come once a month to an open forum where you can meet them, ask any questions, and many times watch a demonstration. There is also a monthly painting class where you can create your own work of art. As you can see, Carolyn has truly created a one stop shop for you to explore and enjoy! By Tammy Kelly

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MarinelandMarina Traveling south through Crescent Beach to the Hammock, do you hear the whisper in the wind of from our natural treasure which is hidden right before our very own eyes? This natural treasure is below our feet, within the rain, and lives under the magic of the moon at night. This dynamic flow of water creates an amazing estuary, a unique and dynamic ecosystem. Many of us live within the watersheds of this natural treasure, also known as the Matanzas Basin. Our daily lives can affect the future of this treasure’s rich ecosystem and its quality of life. Within these watersheds the rainwater falls onto fields, parking lots, farms, forests, neighborhoods, and industrial areas. As rainwater flows from these areas, it moves to nearby tributaries, lakes, creeks, retention ponds, and sewers. The water then flows down the Matanzas River, then out to the mighty Matanzas Inlet with its final destination, the ocean. As the freshwater and ocean water mix, a sacred creation of life is formed known as an estuary. “Estuary” has many


scientific understandings, but it means the meeting area of fresh and salt water or put simply, where the “river meets the sea.” Estuaries provide a critical component of the coastal ecology with dynamic habitats for a tremendous amount of life from the microscopic plankton to the more visible marine life of numerous species of plants and animals, like birds. The estuary also provides a critical buffer for storm surge and sea level rise. This rich estuary area produces productive clam farms as well as oysters. The fish are also plentiful, if you know where to find them with a hook. Being aware of the importance of an estuary and how it is critical for a sustainable coastal community is of utmost importance to everyone. Both Flagler and St. Johns County have maintained a leadership with a committed vision to protecting this natural treasure. These collaborative efforts have also included federal, state, and local agencies working together for protection of this natural area. Many agencies such as the Florida State Parks, the Florida Department

of Environmental Protection, and the St Johns River Water Management District along with cooperation from county and city departments have contributed their efforts to protecting these resources. We are also fortunate that our federal leadership designated the area as a national estuarine research reserve calling it, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The GTM NERR is one of only twenty-eight reserves in the entire USA. The GTM NERR is over thirty-four thousand acres which equates to over thirtyfour thousand football fields. One very special place, surrounded by the southern end of the GTM NERR and situated by the big blue Atlantic Ocean, is Marineland. The rich history, natural space, and educational adventures of this attraction educates those seeking knowledge about the estuary and ocean, as well as enjoying the outdoors. While visiting Marineland, you will find a rich array of conservation, stewardship, science, and recreation. Learning more about the wildlife and

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the estuary can be provided through workshops presented at Faver-Dykes and Washington Oaks Gardens State Parks or by visiting the Marineland Dolphin Adventure or by attending a University of Florida Whitney Lab Lecture, or by just experiencing an outdoor adventure for yourself. The estuary can be explored with professional, master naturalist guides at Ripple Effect EcoTours. You also have an opportunity to become a Certified Master Naturalist through the Florida Master Naturalist Program, which is a UF/IFAS adult education program taught through Ripple Effect EcoTours. Our diligence in protecting this estuary includes protection of the food, recreation, and an overall health of the community. Even small steps taken by everyone can increase the longevity and potential sustainability of this natural resource. Small steps can include the prevention of items such as oils, pet waste, paints, fertilizer, and yard chemicals from entering the watershed. An even smaller step can be to ensure trash litter doesn’t blow around into a creek, river, or the ocean. Ultimately, we all will make mistakes, but correcting our mistakes and finding a daily practice that prevents the pollution of these amazing watersheds and estuarine system is a focus we can all share. Throughout the state of Florida, our estuary is unique in its water quality and has an abundance of healthy wildlife with watersheds which are still flowing naturally with very minimal impact from human interference. It is a testimony to the collaborative efforts and collective interests of the organizations mentioned above that the sustainability of these coastal communities will continue. Living along the coast in Flagler and St. Johns County provides opportunity for peace, tranquility, and love within this amazing natural treasure. We may search for this our entire lives without the chance to stop and appreciate its simplicity which is hidden within its complexity, as well as its stunning beauty. Our actions can lead us towards the desire for more leisure time within this wonderful embodiment of life which runs between our toes, caresses our souls, and provides enjoyment for all. We just need to stop to feel, to smell, to look and admire and become one with this natural resource. Author: Eric Ziecheck • Manager/Assistant Dockmaster Ripple Effect Ecotours/ Marineland Marina • Ecotours: 904-347-1565 • Marina: 904-814-9886

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Where Do Floridians Vacation? We live in the sunshine state! We are the envy of so many people whether they are from the northwest or the northeast, they are all trying to come down south. Living in Flagler County is a blessing.  The lifestyle is less stressful, the climate is comfortable most of the year, the people are happy to be able to call this “home,” and we continue to grow. Just like all Americans, we work, play, go to school, take care of our families, and try to find contentment in our everyday lives.  As most people do, we work and save to be able to go on vacation once or twice a year. Everyone likes to travel, go to new places, meet new people, and learn new things.       Ironically, many people like to choose Florida as their vacation spot, and why not? We have a perfect climate, wonderful beaches, lots of state, local, and amusement parks for the whole family to enjoy, and of course, the many ports that call our coasts “home.”  On our coasts there are five major ports where cruise ship after cruise ship comes, fills up and takes off into the wild blue yonder.  So…….where do we, the people who live year round, in what others call “the perfect vacation spot,” go for our vacations? 

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A lot of us cruise, we love to cruise. It can be so easy for us to cruise.  Jacksonville, Tampa, Port Canaveral, Miami, and the biggest port in the world- Fort Lauderdale, make up the 5 major ports in Florida.  And yes, even if you find it hard to believe, Fort Lauderdale has the largest cruise port in the world!!!      Let me make this fact well-known.  By the year 2020, Port Canaveral will be the biggest cruise port in the world, surpassing the Fort Lauderdale port.  Work has already begun to make this dream a reality.  Of course, the building up of Port Canaveral here in Central Florida makes the state, that I love so much, that much more attractive.  The cruise lines will be taking full advantage of this expansion.  They are all building bigger, longer, better ships and they are all slated to make good use of our Port Canaveral.         The Carnival Magic, The Norwegian Epic, The Royal Caribbean-Oasis of the Seas, are all the biggest cruise ships of their respective fleets and will be making Port Canaveral their home.  Central Florida will be welcoming more people to our shores and vacationers often add days to their vacations, either before or after their cruise.  Many

families head to the hustle and bustle of the city of Orlando to enjoy the amusement parks and the attractions that are there. However, Flagler County is an undiscovered gem on our east coast that should not be missed.  It has the best of all worlds for families and couples, young and old alike. We have a beautiful coastline of beaches with many quaint local businesses and our people welcome both locals and visitors.        There is also St Augustine, with its rich history and stunning cobblestoned streets. Those streets are lined with old Spanishinfluenced architecture and is, but a stones’ throw away from Flagler County.  Visitors to our area should also never miss the short trip south that will take you to Daytona Beach, home of the International Speedway (refurbished this past year) and the most famous “Drive-on” beaches in the world.       That is why Flagler County is the ideal place to visit AND the ideal place to live!! By Kathleen Bird (386) 597-7763

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The Parental Guide Recently published, Small Voices Heard - The Parental Guide, this book that provides hope for future voices. Reviewing statistical data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Family- dated back 2005, it reveals that 62.8% of abused children suffer from neglect. Neglect remains the highest concern of all abuse! The 2013 Census showed 679,000 children are victims of abuse and neglect. Abuse remains an ongoing concern, and everyone can make a difference in changing the path for our children. Overworked parents remain a significant influence in the increased statistical data of abuse. But we need to consider the concerns directly from the mouth of our children. Author, Orjanette Bryan, of Small Voices Heard-The Parental Guide publication has said the Millennials population grew beyond expectations, and now the Generation Z population has many greater challenges facing them today. Children born after 2000 are fending for themselves in this technological society. Our youth has replaced their parents with computer technology. Learning everything from the world wide web, our children have the ability to transmit any situation and create awareness with a click of a button. Empowering them, teaching them, and adding a subsidiary guide was added to help improve parent communication in the Small Voices Heard- The Parental Guide publication. Allowing children to articulate is a movement for this century. The schools are giving the youth the opportunity to begin focusing on their career path much earlier. Through job internships and in school training, Flagler County’s Flagship program is innovative. Other communities are adopting the same philosophy and concepts of early vocational training. 16

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Bullying, attention deficits, loneliness, abuse, neglect, and physical limitations caused by obesity remains major obstacles for the growing challenges of our children, though there is a much bigger problem. A risk of parentless children. Pairing children with mentors from organizations outside of the school system seems to be the best approach. However, time limitations, twoway communications obstacles due to lack of trust from judgments, and ridicule may be huge barriers between the youth and their paired mentor. Our children are holding onto more inner personal pain and not sharing their internal concerns because of fears of exposure and further neglect. When a preschool child asks their elderly grandparents, “where will I live if something should happen to you”? We must be concerned! Children are supposed to be outside playing with their friends, but instead, they are sitting at a computer seeking solutions to their daily struggles. Children are suffering from a condition known as social isolation. Playing video games on their handheld devices while sitting across the table from their peers and communicating with no words, brings up the question, “Where are our children’s voices? Small Voice Heard- The Parental guide author has partnered with Accel leadership under the umbrella of DIVAS International to enhance stronger alliances to help support the voices of tomorrow. Licensed Christian counselor, Dr. Maria Barbosa, is the visionary of the Accel Leadership Institute and she wants to make a difference and has designed the life coaching training. Through empowering our children, we can connect to their creative abilities and they can make a difference by helping them understand they can become authors,

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Confluence at Ocean Art Gallery: Ripple Effects locally and Beyond Flagler Beach resident artisan, Glenda Greenberg, creates jewelry based on healing and positive energy. Her intention in the creative process is in “making well through the energy of positive thought and positive direction.” Using the teachings of reiki, meridian, and chakra systems through the colors of the stones, Glenda makes her jewelry to be in tuned with the energy of that stone’s healing properties. “With each piece of work I send out healing one by one.” The concept in Judaism of Tikkun Olam came to mind as Glenda discussed her thoughtful and creative process. It literally means “repair of the world” or alternatively, “construction for eternity.” Glenda reinforced this concept by mentioning that there are “seven ribbons of similarity in each religion that brings the intention of healing and happiness to the world through belief systems.” Glenda’s collaboration among artists began at Boca Raton Museum of Art School where she trained with fellow jewelers. Her circle of influence has since expanded to include various types of artists. Glenda worked with Rachel Thompson who formerly owned I AM ART/Rachel and Friends and that’s when the concept of confluence began to emerge. Glenda’s pieces were often displayed as sculptural art in their own right. Her jewelry reiterated concepts, colors, fluidity, and direction found amid paintings exhibited at the gallery. Since Glenda’s transition to Ocean Art Gallery, she has furthered her connection with the ocean and confluence. Glenda’s new collection for Ocean Art Gallery is sea creatures. Another example of confluence: Glenda 20

was commissioned to make a set of jewelry auctioned off to benefit the South Florida Wildlife Care Center in Palm Beach. While at the gala there Glenda crossed paths with Creative Artist, Aaron Ansarov. In addition to being impressed by Aaron’s photography at the Wildlife Care Center Glenda, she also became privy to Aaron’s Project on Portugese Man O’ War entitled, Zooids. Glenda asked Aaron if he was interested in representation

Confluence: a coming or flowing together. -meeting or gathering at one point -the flowing together of two or more streams. in North Florida and he relayed his contact information to Rachel Thompson where she was affiliated at the time. Although both were extremely excited about Aaron’s work and the prospects of working with Aaron, Rachel knew in the back of her mind that Frank Gromling and Ocean Art Gallery was a better fit. Frank’s involvement and knowledge of Marine Life and Coastal conservation coupled with being a local gallery owner made him the undeniable fit for Ansarov’s projects. Enter Aaron Ansarov: In keeping with the quote attributed to the Dalai Lama of being the change one wants to see in the world, South Florida Artist Aaron Ansarov operates from a simple nucleus of:

1 - Seeing nature through childlike eyes and with childlike wonder; ZOOID Project: Aaron is a former military combat photographer and respected professional in the photography field. His personal quest is to exude creative and interactive interpretations of nature and the human form which in itself is a lofty goal. Yet, there is another dimension to Aaron’s character and being. Through his children, Aaron returned to seeing the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. A simple father and son adventure to the beach, coupled with talent and resourcefulness results in his spectacular “Man O’ War” portraits. They have been described as: Psychedelic, biomorphic and on the cutting edge of design trends. Aaron’s Man O’ War photographs are featured as his ZOOID collection. 2 - Redefining the concept of Perfection by translating what society perceives as imperfection into perfection, The HUMAN SPECTRUM Project. Again, Aaron is doing his own part in bringing healing to the world through showing us nature and people through childlike eyes. His Human Spectrum project requalifies the fractured self-concepts of humanity through the lens of a heart that inherently sees perfection. Human beings are showing up in all shapes (and ‘mis-shapes, sizes, economic strata, gender, races, and sexual preferences to come into the safe zone that Aaron and his wife, Anna, have created. The only prerequisite is “come as you are” and that means NAKED! Through this transformational process, even breast cancer survivors who wear their battle scars can once again see themselves as complete and perfect.

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Paint Party What a healing process. Let’s Go! The project has gone national and is currently traveling to 20 cities. 3 - Maintaining his wife and children as first priority, Aaron has been able to strike that envious balance of being true to himself and available for his family while drawing on local resources. Every life decision made in the light of unwavering core commitments is spelling out SUCCESS for the Ansarov family and healing to those they come in contact with, a noteworthy feat in today’s world that warrants our self-reflection. Aaron has been featured in National Geographic and Smithsonian Magazine. Ocean Art Gallery represents his work in 17 counties throughout Florida. The confluence continues… Gargiulo Art Foundation’s Flagler County Artist of the Year, Rachel Thompson, goes with the flow and FLOWS with the GO! Although Rachel still identifies as I AM ART/Rachel & Friends, she no longer owns her gallery and has joined the teaming fish in the waters at Ocean Art Gallery. Rachel and Frank came to know each other while working together for the Art and Wine Shuttle events. She reached a crossroads at her gallery where she could put her energies into excelling as an artist or in giving opportunities for other artists. At her core, she knew that she was an artist first and that the gallery had to go. Rachel knew of Frank Gromling’s strong business background and sensed that they would be able to capitalize on each other’s strengths. Her liberation from the gallery affords her time to concentrate on her work again. Currently, Rachel is participating in a Psalm study and partnership program with Israeli artists through the Jewish Federation in Jacksonville. She will travel to Israel in early April to research and participate in the artist’s reception and community. The exhibit will show in Israel this spring and then return to travel in the southeastern United States. Upon Rachel’s return, she will exhibit as featured artist at Ocean Art Gallery with a reception on May 7th. She will also be curating at the gallery. The art of Glenda, Aaron, and Rachel can be seen now at Ocean Art Gallery along with works from many other talented artists located at 206 Moody Blvd., Flagler Beach.


Aaron Ansarov

Glenda Greeberg - Star Sapphire Pendant

Article by Rachel Lynn Thompson. Please contact Rachel at if you would like to submit art news from local galleries and venues. The next edition will be printed in August, 2016. Ocean Art Gallery • Mourning into Dancing

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A Sense of Place Driving down I-95 the other day, I exited the freeway and turned east, decelerating beneath a canopy of centuryold oaks in flickering late afternoon sun. I couldn’t suppress a smile. I was actually enjoying the simple every day act of driving home along Palm Coast Parkway. It struck me how different our community is than the one I had just visited where signs, concrete, and traffic created a visual pollution and a rushed sense of anxiety. Here along my new route, the luxuriant trees, glimpses of waterways, and green fairways created a completely different feeling. It was a visual calm. It was a sense of home and wellness. What is it that inspires people to want to live, work, and play in a place like Palm Coast? How did we get to this point in 22

time where there is so much natural beauty preserved? How did other communities loose what they may once have held so dear? It is important to me and I think to all of us to understand the answers to such questions. In Palm Coast, our history is not too distant. We know that ITT purchased land encompassing forests, waterway, estuaries, and beaches. They planned and built amenities such as swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, and a marina and then the people came to populate this community, including myself when I was just a teenager. Today, we have grown to nearly 80,000 residents attracted by a vision of what a community can be when quality of life is taken into consideration to be the very heart of everything. It is perhaps the

thing I love most about Palm Coast. Thomas Jefferson once said, “The best time to plant a tree is a long time ago. And the next best time is now.” How lucky we are that the city of Palm Coast was long ago laid out with so much of what we continue to value today. These amenities draw visitors and fuel a tourist economy based on activities such as biking, bird watching, kayaking, beachcombing, fishing, tennis, boating, and golf. Our amenities draw executives and businesses to locate here. They are a magnet for active retirees and young families alike. The original vision for Palm Coast was a concept based not just on the profit potential of land development. The executives at ITT were wise enough and had the foresight to understand what

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would attract families to buy homes here and businesses to open their doors would also, bring financial gain as well. As a result, they have benefitted from their insights. Early civic leaders, including people like my father, chose to preserve and build a future on what was here. This was a deliberate decision making process in the development of the Palm Coast community.. Today, we all treasure the things that make Palm Coast unique, the natural beauty that gives us a compelling sense of place. When I drive down the road past a riot of pink crepe myrtle in the median or watch eagles and ospreys fishing in the intracoastal or kids fishing off the docks, I want to do my part, however small, to make this a great place to call home for generations to come. Although, this is a personal goal, I believe a community-wide involvement is needed. Citizens, as well as

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business and government leaders, all have important contributions to make. The decisions we make to support our natural resources and our quality of life amenities will boost property values and provide a feeling of well-being for everyone. I see positive developments ahead for Palm Coast on several fronts. Local governments continue to expand green spaces and parks from the City’s new Long Creek Preserve, which is a kayaking and wildlife paradise, to the County’s new pickle ball courts under construction on A1A. I also see education opportunities increasing with the expansion of healthcare and technology curriculums at Daytona State College. Also, I see arts and cultural opportunities thriving with the ground breaking of Palm Coast’s new Performing Arts Center and the expansion of the Flagler Auditorium. And, I see future connectivity to our 100 plus miles of nature trails. I

love the sense of vibrant growth which I see across our community. The choices we make are important. They matter. It is both what we choose to do and what we choose not to do. I hope that one day, future residents will still be hiking through our old growth forests or observing sea turtles lumbering ashore with the high tide on a moonlit night. I hope they will look back at us, you and me, and say it is their good fortune that a decision was made to save this natural area a long time ago. By Milissa Holland Special appreciation to Stratosfoto for their amazing photography! Amazing Aerial Perspectives STRATOSFOTO Charles Smith 386.793.4251 23

Fabulous and Fit in Flagler The Hammock

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can pay for your health now or you can pay for it later?� It is definitely something that should motivate you to stop and think about your overall health. Whether you think you are a picture of perfect health or a couch potato, everyone should pause and evaluate the way in which they care for their bodies on a daily basis. This includes both physical fitness and nutritional fitness. Both are extremely important for longterm health and wellness. First, with all of the amazing natural resources at your fingertips in Flagler County and the surrounding areas, it is not difficult to find many convenient opportunities to further your physical health. Flagler County nearly perfect year-round weather is inviting for all kinds of outdoor activities--ranging from over a hundred miles of biking and hiking trails, to nearly nineteen miles of pristine coquina sand beaches, to community parks that include fields and courts that accommodate activities such as soccer, basketball, tennis, and more. There are more than ten health clubs, which offer a variety of classes, including yoga, aerobics, personal training and nutrition. Last, but not least, there are four state parks within a few miles drive of the Hammock Beach area. The four Florida state parks located in Flagler County are Bulow Creek State Park, Bulow Plantation State Park, Gamble Rogers State Park, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Each park has areas that can be used for swimming, walking, running, biking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. All of these activities can be done either solo or with a group. Of course, a favorite activity of Flagler county residents is beach outings. Flagler County has more than nineteen miles of beaches to choose from. Sitting on the beach is certainly relaxing, but the beach can also provide an exciting environment for physical exercise such as biking, walking, running, swimming, and surfing. Paddleboards are becoming increasingly popular, and they provide a stimulating core and upper body workout, if done properly. The sand also provides a natural resistance, which can give someone an even more challenging 24

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workout than they would enjoy on flat land. Also, Flagler beach parks are pet friendly (Jungle Hut, Old Salt Park, Varn Park, River to Sea Preserve, and Flagler Beach), so beachgoers are permitted to take their dogs for a run or walk. Grab the kids and go for a walk while you watch the sunrise or sunset. There is no excuse not to stay fit in Flagler County and have fun doing so. If you prefer to stay inside for physical activity, which is especially understandable during the oppressive summer months, you can join a health club. There are many in the area that range in price from ten to several hundred dollars per month. It all depends on what you are looking for. A few worth considering include Peak Fitness & Rehab, Anytime Fitness, Atlantic Fitness Center, Curves, Fitness One, Planet Fitness, Yoga Studio 8, and Hot Yoga Lounge. Most fitness establishments offer free trial classes. Physical exercise is important but it is only a part of your overall wellness because what you put in your body on a regular basis is

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going to determine your long-term success and health. Eighty percent of the health and wellness equation involves your food and nutrition. This means eating “clean” and fueling your body with healthy food and often including supplements. As a whole, our nation is still eating and overeating processed foods which are contributing to unhealthiness. In 2013 a study was taken, specific to Florida, revealing that a staggering 65 percent of Florida’s adults and 66 percent of Flager County’s adults are obese or overweight. Which brings us back to the original point: “You can pay for your health now or you can pay for it later.” The cost of being unhealthy and paying for medical expenses or even death in the future is insurmountable. Why not pay for your health now, and have a future of wellness that you can enjoy well into your later years? Furthermore, adults are setting the example, good or bad, for the children around them. Our children watch and learn and will duplicate what they see. If they see adults that are not taking care of themselves, then they most likely will follow suit and continue the trend of obesity and unhealthy living. We are already seeing this as 29 percent of elementary school children are currently overweight in Flagler County. This is a colossal problem. Amy Coopersmith, a nurse practitioner for the Flagler County Health Department and Healthiest Weight Coordinator for the county, stated that “Only 35 percent of Floridians are at a healthy weight, [and that] by 2030, 60 percent of Floridians will be obese.” We must start now by reversing this trend for ourselves and for our future generations. So what are some things that Flagler County residents can do to start their journey to better health? First, reach for water instead of soda. Eliminating soft drinks (diet included) is the single best intervention for weight loss. Artificial sweeteners trigger the hunger mechanism, which makes the body crave more and more. Second, take a pass on the fast food, and reach for fresher options. Stop by on Friday or Saturday to the Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market (8 am to 1 pm) or Palm Coast Farmers Market European Village (4 pm-7 pm, winter hours) and pick up some fresh homegrown

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Mala Compra produce. Third, take the stairs or park farther away from the stores. Look at your surroundings and take advantage of them, there are countless options for physical exercise and healthier eating, including high quality vitamins and minerals. Small, consistent changes over time can go a long way. Written byCarla DuBose Flagler County Resident Mother of 7 who works for For more information on Carla’s own fitness journey contact her at Thank you Trailhead Beach’n Bike Gallery for the bicycles. It was an adventure for sure! They’re a full service bike shop in the Hammock. They carry sector 9 skate boards, Redline bicycles and accessories, swim suits, sandals and shoes. The trail starts at (904) 598-4548 25

Weddings in the RAW by TWO HEARTS

REAL couples. REAL weddings. REAL stories. An introduction to my readers: My name is Stacy Harris and I’m a wife, a mommy of two beautiful boys, and the owner of a family portraiture business called Stacy Lynne Photography. My home base and studio is here in Palm Coast, Florida. My stomping grounds for taking photos is primarily in northeast Florida, but mainly in the Hammock area. My love and passion has grown overwhelmingly for capturing the love between two intimate souls. In January of 2016, I opened a separate photography company called, TWO HEARTS, which specializes in engagements and weddings. I thrive on the energy that pours out of the celebration of weddings and how fun it is to be involved in the preservation of such a fluid event. My shooting style, for the amazing couples that hire me, is bold, real, and heartfelt, just like my words.

This leads me to mention what I will bring to every issue of the Hammock Island Magazine. Each month, one of my wedding couples will have their chance to “tell all” from their point-of-view about their wedding experience: the moment they met, fell in love, marriage planning, the honeymoon, as well as bloopers. They will also give words of advice from what they


“As I started to read it, I was overcome with emotion. As the tears rolled down my cheeks, Thomas got down on one knee.”

learned from these memorable experiences. There will be gorgeous, eye-candy, wedding photographs from the featured couple’s wedding day with highlighted special moments, allowing you to dream about and look forward to these moments on your own big day! Finally, I will also feature a tip from one of the best local vendors in the industry to help guide you in a positive direction in your own wedding planning. So let’s get started!

Meet the Doney’s: Thomas and I grew up a couple of miles apart, we are basically the same age, and have attended the same schools since the 3rd grade. We never actually spoke to each other until the 11th grade, when mutual friends brought us together. In middle school, Thomas, with a friend, kicked my rolling book bag as I walked to class one day which made me cry. I don’t

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know, maybe he was trying to meet me back then and it backfired! When we did meet and we started dating, I knew that he was “the one!” We dated for almost seven years before we became engaged. We were engaged for two years before we got married. Thomas’ parents, my mom, and a few friends knew that Thomas was going to propose on the night that he did. He wanted to catch me off guard so he didn’t plan anything which would have made me suspicious. We went to one of our favorite places for dinner. After dinner he said, “Let’s walk around the lake next to the restaurant.” As we walked, we came to a bench and he said, “Sit down. You need to read this.” He handed me a handmade booklet. I recognized my mom’s handwriting immediately. As I started to read it, I was overcome with emotion. As the tears rolled down my cheeks, Thomas got down on one knee. You see, my Dad passed away from cancer a little over a year ago. As a result,

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this handmade booklet came about. You see, one night my Mom and Dad where talking and out of the blue, he said, “You know it is just a matter of time and Thomas is going to ask if he can marry our girl.” She said, “Yes, I know.” He had a smile on his face and said, “They are a good match, like you and I are.” Then a few weeks back, Thomas went to my mom and asked her for permission to marry me. She told him that she had this whole speech prepared for this occasion, but all she could do at the time was say,

“Yes! Yes! Yes!” and cry happy tears. She decided to

write down her thoughts, with my Dad’s blessings for Thomas, so that Thomas could keep it and one day show his children. She titled it, “A Love Letter to My Future Sonin-Law.” When he first read it, he called her and said, “You made me cry, and then laugh, and then cry some more.” So this handmade booklet was very special and of course, I said, “Yes!” 27

best places to get organized, find hairstyles, wedding party gifts, and all the other little details that will make your wedding so memorable and “your own!” Caution, both sites are addicting, but I couldn’t have done it without them!

Now The Fun Begins:


When looking at dates for your wedding, look at a calendar, and see if there are any conflicting events such as holidays, major football games, or any other event that could affect your venue, vendors, or guests. We picked the Saturday before Easter and it caused a few cogs in our wheels!


I Now Pronounce You: If I had one tip for your big day, it would be to have everyone aware of the exact time to arrive! If you have someone in your party that is always late, give them a time which is actually 30 minutes before you actually need them to be there. Make a little note card for each person in the wedding party so there is no question, which says, “Please arrive tomorrow at___. Thanks!” At our rehearsal dinner, my officiant made a

joke that he would see us at 5:30 tomorrow. He forgot that he was really supposed to be there at 4:00!! Make sure you check out the ceremony and reception area well before the guests arrive. That way if anything is not correct, it can be fixed before anyone arrives. Remember the reception is as special as the wedding itself. And both the Bride and the Groom need to eat something during the reception. Not only will you be hungry, but you want to know if the food was good or not. After you eat, get out there and mingle and dance with your guests. Your guests will appreciate your effort to make them feel special and have fun, too! Lastly, when planning your departure, make sure it is done in grand style! Make your departure from the venue so fun and unusual that your guests will leave talking about how wonderful your wedding was from the beginning to the very end!

Make a list of everyone in the world you might want to invite. Consult both sets of parents for people you may have forgotten. Then remember to add spouses, dates, and children. This number will soar! Now look at this list realistically and start deleting, which is by far one of the hardest things to do! Once you get a number you are happy with, it is time to locate a venue that comfortably accommodates your number.


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Honeymooners Words of Wisdom: Remember, through this whole planning process, this is YOUR wedding! Do not let anyone (including bridesmaids and mothers) control you and your fiancées decisions. There will be disagreements! Just say, “It is our wedding and we want....” And don’t let your vendors control your wedding, either. Remember, they are there to make your day perfect and they should adhere to your wishes. One of my vendors tried to end the wedding reception an hour earlier because people were starting to leave. I had already paid for the time he would be there and also had paid for the venue until that time. I didn’t care who was left at the end of the reception! We were staying, ourselves, until the very last minute! It was a beautiful event and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

The couple’s Three Favorite Vendors: Stacy Lynne Photography – (904) 583-2131 Panheads Pizza Catering – (386) 872-4924 Hair & Makeup by Cameron – (863) 228-2792 Venue: Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor Daytona Beach, Florida

Tip from PRO: “Saying yes to the dress with nowhere to wear it.” - You want to be sure that your dress matches the ambiance of the facility. A flowing, beach dress may look out of place at the Grand Ballroom. So, book the venue before you buy the dress.” -- Stephanie Mazzeo, Pyramids Weddings & Events, Flagler Beach, Florida

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HOTEL DIRECTORY Butler Beach / Crescent Beach:

Pearl of the Sea Luxury Bed and Breakfast 7601 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 814-8002 •

Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach 430 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-4000

St. Augustine Island Inn 894 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-1440

Super 8 St. Augustine Beach 311 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-2330

The Silver Sands St. Augustine 8448 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 655-6690

Best Western Seaside Inn St. Augustine Beach 541 A1a Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080 • (904) 461-9990

Colony Reef Club 4670 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (888) 471-1689 •

Courtyard by Marriot St. Augustine Beach 605 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080 • (904) 940-3800 La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites 810 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-2220 Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort 860 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080 •(904) 471-2555 House of Sea & Sun Bed and Breakfast 2 B St, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080 (904) 461-1716 • Regency Inn and Suites 331 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-7700 Cas8llo Real 530 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 471-3505 Inn on CharloWe Bed and Breakfast 52 CharloWe St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 829-3819 •


Fes8va Resort 125 Ocean Hibiscus Dr, St Augustine, FL 32080 • (904) 461-3158 The Ocean Gallery 4600 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (800) 398-5980 • Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort 4850 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-3353 • Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites 6970 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-8849 • Devil’s Elbow Fishing Resort 7507 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-0398

Hammock Beach: Surf Club III 60 Surfview Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 447-9066 • Ocean Shore Villa Motel 6287 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 445-3033

Legacy Vaca8on Club Palm Coast 98 Palm Coast Resort Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (866) 507-1429 European Village Palm Coast 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (800) 501-0645 

Beverly Beach/ Flagler Beach:

Si Como No Inn 2480 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 864-1430 White Orchid Inn & Spa 1104 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-4944 Topaz Motel Flagler Beach 1224 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-3301 Lazy Hours Motel 1316 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-3300 Beachfront Motel 1544 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 439-0089 Flagler Beach Motel and Vaca8on Rentals 1820 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 517-6700 Island CoWage Oceanfront Inn and Spa 2316 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-0092

Penny Farthing Inn Bed and Breakfast 83 Cedar St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 824-2100 •

Palm Coast Villas 5454 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 445-3525

Whale Watch Motel 2448 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-2545

America’s Best Value Inn – Ocean Inn 3955 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-8010

Hammock Beach Resort 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (866) 841-0287

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RESTAURANT DIRECTORY Butler Beach / Crescent Beach;

Hammock Wine and Cheese Garden 5368 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 445-3357

Oceanside Beach Bar and Grille 1848 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-6345

Haszard’s at the Beach 5633 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 461-4201 •

Hammock Organics Café & BouBque 5428 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 225-4827 

Funky Pelican 215 Hwy A1A, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 439-0011 •

Redfrog & McToads Grub & Pub 5545 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 814-8430 • Surfer Joe’s Pub & Grill 6101 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 429-9906 • Viola’s Pizza Pasta & Seafood 6149 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-2981 •

AtlanBc Grill 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 447-4610

O’Loughlin Pub 6975 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 429-9715 • OLoughlin-Pub-198730493829082

Delfinos 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 246-5650

Paula’s Beach Side Grill 6895 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080 • (904) 471-3463

Ocean Bar & Cafe 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • ocean-bar-and-cafe • (866) 841-0287

The South Beach Grill 45 Cubbedge Rd, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 471-8700 •

Sushi Bar 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (866) 841-0287

Matanzas Innlet Restaurant 8805 A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 461-6824 • 

Hammock Beach:

JT’s Seafood Shack 5224 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 446-4337 386 5949 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 246-0070 Captains BBQ 5862 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 824-2100 Rosie’s Pizzeria & Ice Creamery 5861 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (386) 627-8209


Hammock Beach Resort:

Loggerheads 200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137 • (866) 841-0287 

Beverly Beach/ Flagler Beach:

Java Joint 2201 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-1013 Turtle Shack 2123 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 693-4851 Break Awayz 819 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-7700

The Blue Heron Beach Front Bistro 909 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-9990 Golden Lion Cafe 501 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-3004 Burrito Works 400 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-6601 Finns Beachside Pub 101 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-7755 Rocky’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 105 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-6545 MarBn’s Restaurant & Lounge 2000 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-5830 The Anchor 500 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-1818 Beach Front Grille 2444 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 693-4839 La Familia Mexican Grill 1916 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 693-4924 High Tides at Snack Jacks 2805 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-3344

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Hidden Treasure Raw Bar & Grill 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 693-5082 Flagler Fish Company 180 S Daytona Ave, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-0000 By The Sea Cafe 1536 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-6428 Flagler Beach Front Winery 611 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 693-4950 Kokomo’s Cafe 202 S Central Ave, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 693-4912 Hi Tulip Café 400 Beach Village Dr, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-9274 Friends Café 217 S Flagler Ave, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 • (386) 439-4815 Pasta Pasta Flagler 308 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 693-4926 Porto At The Sea 318 Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 693-4862 •

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“Hammock Luxury Real Estate Market Improved Over Last Year� Life in the Hammock, both in our vibrant community activities and beautiful beaches, as well as in real estate, is bright and full of energy. When Jim and I decided to move home to Florida several years ago, it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to settle down in the Hammock. Moving to Island Estates was one of the best choices I have ever made, and I love living in our beautiful beachside paradise. As both a realtor and a resident of the Hammock, I am personally interested in the state of the market for our community. Before writing this article, I wanted to take an in-depth look at the sales in the Hammock’s luxury communities over the last two years. I compared the period from May 1, 2014--April 30, 2015 to the


period from May 1, 2015--April 30, 2016. Take a look at the accompanying chart for detailed information about your specific community. We all remember the economic downturn, and it is encouraging to see that we have weathered the storm and are returning to a more normal market. Sales for many areas in the Hammock are holding steady, or increasing, and properties are moving. One of the largest areas of growth is in Hammock Beach and Ocean Hammock, both in condos and homes. Hammock Beach Villa owners should note that unit sales increased from six sold units to 14 sold units during the compared periods of time. The price per square foot for these sales increased slightly by 3%. Homes in

Ocean Hammock and Hammock Beach also saw increased pricing, rising by 23% from one year to the next. The average days on market were also cut virtually in half, from 237 to 120. Island Estates is another area of particular interest given that their yearover-year home sales increased from two homes to eight homes. Additionally, the price per square foot for homes in that area increased slightly from $227 to $234. The one area of downturn is in Hammock Dunes proper. While the number of home sales remained relatively unchanged from year to year, the average sales price decreased by 19%. This could be a result of a sales mix, i.e. more older homes selling that are located further from the ocean, rather than a truly significant

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market change. However, the Hammock Dunes Condos saw increased sales for high end units, and the number of units sold has held steady. Despite the uptick in activity, it is important for sellers to be realistic about the price they can expect to fetch for their property based on market activity. The biggest mistake I see from sellers is incorrect pricing of their properties. As a homeowner in this area, I am acutely aware of the desire to receive top dollar for what is likely the largest investment any of us has made. However, incorrect pricing--whether motivated by the original purchase price or the amount a seller desires to retain after the sale--can cause otherwise excellent listings to languish on the market and become stale. To avoid this, sellers should be realistic about the state of their home and the market. Does your property need renovations? Are there a number of available properties for buyers to choose from in your specific community? Are the properties that are currently on the market in your area receiving interest? All these factors can affect the market value for your home. By pricing their properties appropriately, sellers typically see sales take less time, and they can avoid stress, irritation, and the emotional and financial carrying costs associated with homeownership. Now is an excellent time for owners who are considering selling to assess the value of their homes with a licensed, experienced realtor, and begin making any improvements or updates that will

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help their home to be as desirable and marketable as possible. Just as I fell in love with life in our oceanside paradise, many visitors will do the same this summer and beyond, and perhaps your home is the perfect fit for them! About the Author: Dana Davis is a licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, the number one brokerage in regular and luxury sales in Flagler County, according to MLS statistics. She holds CIPS, GREEN, and RSPS designations. She can be contacted via email at Thank you Russell Maiorana for the cool aerial shots! Check out these images and more at: 35


Your Right, Your Privilege, Your Duty By Greg Feldman

How many times have you heard someone comment that “my vote doesn’t count, so I don’t bother”? To many Americans, that statement is as troubling as nails on a chalkboard. But have you ever taken a look to see why voting is such an important action? Our nation’s founders believed in the system, but only for certain citizens. In the early days of our country, voters were limited by sex, race, property ownership, religion and other qualifiers. The Constitution eliminated a religious test, but it would take nearly 100 years and a bloody civil war, taking the lives of over 600,000 Americans, before race and color were eliminated from it and even longer with regards to sex and property holdings. Brave men and women have fought across the globe to preserve this right, and countries around the world emulate our inalienable rights with passion and commitment to their people. Emerging countries have populations fighting and dying for the rights that many Americans take for granted. “All politics is local” is a grammatically challenged phrase most often associated with the former Speaker of the U.S. House, Tip O’Neill. While the phrase came from his actions on a Federal level to influence a local election, the statement holds true today. In 2008, a U.S. House seat from Alaska was decided by a single vote; while the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota was won by 312 votes. And in what was probably the most famous (or infamous) of all close calls, George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2000 by winning a fiercely challenged and contested Florida race over Al Gore. Bush beat Gore by 537 votes out of over 5.5 million cast. In perspective, the Bush win was accomplished by about one third the number of people who attend the European Village Farmer’s Market on a typical Sunday afternoon! 36

Locally, in the 2014 election, a Palm Coast City Council seat was won by 302 votes. That was a landslide when compared to 2011, when two of those seats were won by margins of 55 and 36 votes. A multitude of offices are up for election with voters making their wishes known in 2016. In addition to a Federal election where a new President, Vice President, Florida Senator, and U.S. House of Representatives member will be chosen, many local candidates are vying for your vote. These elected offices can easily affect your daily life. If you are concerned about the crime rate in your area (Sheriff), about voter fraud (Supervisor of Elections), how the court system functions (Clerk of the Court), or how your services are provided (Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast City Council), just to name a few of the races, you have a chance to express yourself at the polls. Have issues or concerns with your child’s education? There’s an election for that (Flagler County School Board). What does the state legislature do? Both the State Senator and State Representative are on the ballot in the fall. Registering to vote is easy in Flagler County. You can obtain all of the necessary information and forms by going to the website for the Supervisor of Elections at http://www.flaglerelections. com/For-Voters/How-Where-toRegister, or you can call 386-3134170. This election year will influence every citizen’s life for years to come. Voting is an opportunity to express your feelings, beliefs, and convictions to the people entrusted to make decisions that directly affect the quality of your life for years to come. It is a right, a responsibility, and even a privilege to make your voice known. Be heard. Your vote counts.



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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 3D Properties - Darren Davis..........................................39 3D Tree and Landscaping.................................................4 AHC Safe & Lock...........................................................17 Atmosphere Reinvented..................................................31 Brill Designs...................................................................33 CoreTranz........................................................................15 Cruise Planners.................................................................3 Dana Davis Properties.......................................................2 Deborah’s Delights..........................................................19 Eagle Eye Inspection Services........................................11 Eastcoast Pressure Cleaning & Home Solutions............18 Elegant Limousines & Wedding Services......................40 Farmers Market...............................................................35 Flagler Radio - Country Fest...........................................31 Flagler Radio - Freedom Fest.........................................18 Galloway For Congress...................................................37 Hammock Wine and Cheese Garden..............................38 Jeff Evans - StateFarm....................................................11 John Lamb for Sheriff.....................................................37

Kathleen McNeilly for Judge..........................................37 Kimble Medley, Candidate for Supervisor of Elections....36 Lake State Mortgage - Palm Coast...................................4 Lovely Loo......................................................................19 Maria P. Barbosa, Candidate...........................................37 Memory Hopkins Real Estate.........................................17 Milissa Holland for Mayor..............................................36 Mokonzy It, Inc...............................................................15 P. Fried & Associates, Inc...............................................15 Perry Gambrell, CPA.......................................................19 Pioneer Title Services, LLC............................................11 Portugal Wine Bar and Grill...........................................11 Realty Flagler at ParkSide Realty.....................................4 Scott DuPont for Judge...................................................36 Seacret...............................................................................3 Sharon Demers - School Board District 5......................37 Staly for Sheriff...............................................................37 Surf 97.3..........................................................................17 Truly Nolen Pest Control................................................17

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