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CELEBRATING LIFE & STYLE IN ST. AUGUSTINE

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MUSICAL & CULTURAL ACTS . SEPTEMBER 4 - 6 THE MORRIGANS ALEXANDRA IN GREY TEJEDOR LUIS MARIO BAND THE WILLOWWACKS SAM PACETTI JEFFREY SPEAR THE WILD SHINERS THE FALLING BONES ASLYN & THE NAYSAYERS RIVERNECKS AMY HENDRICKSON JIM JOHNSTON RAMONA QUIMBY BAND SEA FLOOR EXPLOSIVES LONESOME BERT & THE SKINNY LIZARDS BOB PATTERSON ADDI & JACQ CHARLEY SIMMONS SHEA BIRNEY CHELSEA SADDLER THE RUBIES MICHAEL JORDAN ST. AUGUSTINE LINE DANCERS COLTON MCKENNA THE HOUSE CATS THE WOBBLY TOMS DEWEY VIA ROB PECK TRIO OF BOOM A1A BLUES BAND BILLY BUCHANAN LAURA LEE & THE ESCAPEES LOVE CHUNK KENNY AND THE JETS GARY CAMPBELL THE SAND FLEAS HUNTER MILLER JOE SCHAUER SCOTT SWEET ELIZABETH ROTH THE GATORBONE BAND BRENT BYRD T. MARTIN BAND COMPLICATED ANIMALS JOHN DICKIE GERMAINE VERONICA THE DRIFTWOODS GREEK ORTHODOX SHRINE ELI GRIMES R ED R I VE R B AND THE THREE AMIGOS OF ANCIENT CITY BRASS DIANE SCHNEIDER WITH HARP OF HOPE JIM SLOAN FORT MOSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEST AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLES OF ST. AUGUSTINE MENORCAN CULTURAL SOCIETY ANCIENT CITY SLICKERS SJC SCHOOL CHORAL FSDB DANCE TROUPE FUEGO FLAMENCO RENAISSANCE BAND

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HELLO Get every issue first.... Publisher's Note

THE FAMILY ISSUE White sandy beaches, historical significance, community spaces, A+ educations... the list goes on and on. When you think about it, there's a lot to love about living in St. Augustine. In fact, you could consider this place an inveritable mecca for young active families. According to the latest census report, 25% of our population in St. Johns County is under the age of 20. Being parents ourselves, we can tell you that children 100% influence our buying decisions. So when you look at commerce in the community of our old town, that means FAMILY is what keeps the gears grinding for much of St. Augustine. In the spirit of back to school, we bring you the annual Family Issue covering everything from daycares to Top Doctors. And let us clarify when we say family.. we mean "where love lives." Whether you are a newly married couple sans kiddos, newbie parents, a big family driving around with those funny cartoon families on the back of your car window, or some empty nesters, there is something for each of you in this issue. Like watching our families grow over time, so too is it amazing to see how St. Augustine has grown in the past 450 years. And these are the months to celebrate! Beginning on page 32 we bring you the Unofficial Official Guide to the 450th. Beautifully illustrated and painstakingly organized for hours on end... this is pretty much EVERYTHING you need to know. And for good reason. We'd argue that this party is for us: the locals. The people who live, eat and breathe St. Augustine everyday. So we've put together 8 pages of what you need to know to experience the 450th celebrations in all of their glory. Everyone in our office truly wants to encourage each and every local not to deter going downtown, but to embrace the festivities and join in the fun. Talk about growing, as we write this letter and put to bed our 5th issue of the year we're proud of the growth we've achieved in such a short amount of time. We're happy to report we've added to the team and hired a full time Editor, Sarah McCartan (whom you will meet on the next page) to run the day-to-day editorial vision of St. Augustine Social. Sarah brings years of writing experience, a professional perspective and some serious journalistic skills to the table. Here's to a great end of summer party and an easy transition back to school. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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HELLO Editor's Note

HOME SWEET ST. AUGUSTINE The best way to really get to know a community is to write about it—to tell its story. I can only assume most people leave their homes and relocate to a new, uncharted territory for something tangible, like a job. As for me, I chose to leave my lifelong home of Pensacola last year for the pull of another coastal Florida community with an even richer history—this one. While I don’t have blood relatives in St. Augustine, I attribute the familial ties I feel here, to my involvement with St. Augustine Social. It’s because of this opportunity, and the stories I’ve been able to tell, I’ve gotten to know the city. In just a short time, it’s become home. Although I’ve been writing for St. Augustine Social (almost) since its inception, and writing has been at the core of my professional career journey for the past five years, this issue of the magazine marks my first as a full-time part of the St. Augustine Social family as editor. Aside from it being my first, I consider this issue especially meaningful for several reasons. Every profile within these pages is bursting with authenticity. You won’t find anyone featured who isn’t “all in,” that is, they care deeply about whatever it is they are investing in. This is nothing out of the ordinary for this publication; however, personally connecting with so many new faces throughout the building of this issue, has made it feel that much more powerful. For me, the issue serves as a reminder that we can be inspired by individuals of all ages—be it a two-year-old superhero living with congenital heart disease (Blake) or a 12-year old allstar synchronized swimmer (Grace). These stories of our remarkable youth also bring me to a key piece of this issue—family. Exploring why St. Augustine is an amazing place to raise a family, only reiterated why I, and so many others, choose to live here in this historical, thriving community. Speaking of history, St. Augustine has a pretty big birthday coming up and we took it upon ourselves to map out the details in an illustrated fashion, that we’ve dubbed The Unofficial Official Guide to the 450th. Presenting the ins and outs of this five-day celebration for the community is high on my list of favorite undertakings for this issue. Still, I can’t talk about our 450th guide and its illustrations without getting the slightest bit personal. Local artist Andrew Scott Wilson worked side by side with me on this guide. He’s the one responsible for creating the out of this world illustrations you see pictured on the cover. And he’s a big part of the “community” that drew me here to St. Augustine. As I continue to write my own story here in St. Augustine and acting as editor in this new chapter, I look forward to uncovering the stories of our community waiting to be told.

SARAH MCCARTAN

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Behind the Scenes of our Cover Art When it came time to map out our Unofficial Official Guide to the 450th we knew we wanted something amazing. So we asked local artist, Flagler alumnus and middle school art teacher Andrew Scott Wilson to help us out. While you may know his large paintings hanging on the walls of Hyppo Cafe, what you might not have known (until now) is that he is equally skilled with a sharpie, and he can draw some mighty fine lines. Every icon you see on the cover map was thoughtfully handdrawn, cut out, put into place, then painted. Details were added. Then more details were added. The moment we saw the finished product, we knew it had “cover” written all over it. To see more of his work, check out our guide on pages 32-39. See more of his work at... www.andrewscottwilson.com


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ST. AUGUSTINE RESTAURANTS

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Refined Fare • Casual Chow • Fast "Foodie" The Who, What And Where To Grab The Best Grub When It's Time To Eat.

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A1A BLVD & A STREET

The busiest corner on the beach boasts some of the best food on the beach too.

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HISTORICAL PERPECTIVE

Digital Preservation Curator Matt Armstrong digs up history buried deep inside the Government House Library.

Bring those kiddos back to school in style.

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ECLECTIC COTTAGE DWELLING

This eclectic Fullerwood dwelling space is poised with thoughtful intention.

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Their strength is in creative collaboration, with multiple projects ongoing at any given point in time.

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TOP DOCTORS

St. Augustine is home to some of the best physicians in Northeast Florida.

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CAP'S EXPRESS

What began as a prep kitchen for Caps on the Water is now a bustling lunch spot with a personality of its own.

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You don't have to get from point A to point B in a car all the time.

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For Joe Hishmeh and Jesse Ihrig, co-owners of Cheezees Grill, their fresh take on a grab-andgo American favorite is a blend of inspiration and ingredients.

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Shower your fury family with fun toys, accessories all the modern day comforts any four legged friend would love.


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Would you send your kids to overnight camp? Did you go? High school cheerleading camp... still have the best memories! - Dani Williams Best times of my life 4-H. - Cyndi Pennington I went to Camp Kulaqua ages 10-13! Such good memories! - Amanda LaConte Heck yeah! Camp little sisters, Chowenwaw! - Carolyn Mudgette I always wanted to go to Space Camp. - Laura Anne Michael

We do the Elks camp every summer, it's amazing. - Jennifer Reis I went to Girl Scout camp - Camp Chowenwaw and Camp Kateria. Now our kids are at camp two weeks every summer in GA at Strong Rock Camp. - Christine Scheutzow I went to summer camp from the time I was 8 until I was 15. I have so many memories of those summers and meeting life long friends. Without a doubt, my children will be going to

“All I've heard is about the concerts. I am hoping there is more to the celebration than concerts. A calendar of events would be fantastic.” - Allison Shreiber

summer camp! -Kaitlin Kennedy I never went to camp growing up, but after working as a camp counselor I've definitely decided to send my future kids. -Erin Rapp

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My 14 yr old son is on his way home from Northern Tier. Boy Scout camping and Canoeing on the Boundary waters between MN and Ontario Canada. Overnight adventure camps are huge for teaching kids to do it on their own! Stephanie Robinson

“What activities will there be celebrating the heritage of locals--minorcans, floridanos, etc.?” -Jennifer Yarbrough

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“Consolidated list of all things 450th.” - Kate Davis

For all things 450th, turn to our unofficial official guide starting on PAGE 32.


Details ANDREW VREELAND Publisher

HEATHER VREELAND Editorial Director

JENNIFER TAYLOR Director of Operations

KAITLIN KENNEDY Advertising Director

SARAH MCCARTAN Editor

ERIN RAPP Associate Editor

SUMMER PERRITT Editorial Intern

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CORRECTION

Oops! In our "Greatest Dads of St. Augustine" story last issue we improperly credited Frank Timmons as the owner of Sea Love Charters. Actually, Capt. Frank Timmons sold the Sea Loves in 2006 to Capt. Bill Hoge. Capt. Frank owns and operates Off the Grid Fishing Charters featuring a Custom 2007, 37 foot Sport Fisher built in Fort Pierce by Billfish Boatworks and a 26 foot Mako Center Console. He offers all types of fishing year round.

FIND THE SEA OAT FIRST

We love sea oats because they hold our coast together, much like this city magazine holds our community together. So, we'll hide one in every issue and give $100 to the first person to find it. If you think you spotted it, send us a message on the form at the link below. www.StAugustineSocial.com/contact

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Living EASTERN SURFING ASSOCIATION CONTESTS St. Augustine Beach August 15, September 12th

As the largest amateur surfing association in the world, the Eastern Surfing Association is run by an all volunteer staff and has produced top professional surfers who go on to compete in the World Surf League (WSL). 11 time WSL champion Kelly Slater honed the art of competitive surfing through the ESA in the mid 80’s and our own Gabe Kling, of St. Augustine, came up through the ESA ranks to compete on the WSL in the early 2000’s. Founded in 1967 to promote, preserve and protect the sport of surfing, the ESA continues to grow in both mission and performance. www.saflesa.com

Inside: Calendar of Events // Crossroads // Roundup // Q & A // Unofficial Official Guide to the 450th Celebrations


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Calendar of Events

THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER By Summer Perritt

MUSIC CONCERT BY THE SEA St. Augustine Beach Pier June & July Enjoy the 13th season of the Annual Music by the Sea concert series, every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each week features different musical entertainment along with a local restaurant pairing. Concert guests are welcome to bring a cooler, lawn chair, and blankets. Due to limited parking at Pier Park, attendees are encouraged to ride the Trolley, which runs continuously from City Hall at 2200 A1A South. The first trolley runs at 5:45 pm and the last trolley is at 9:45 pm. 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach www.thecivicassociation.org

COOKING CLASS Rype & Readi August 6, 7-9:30 pm Cooking class lead by Chef Ryan Ruffell of BlackFly restaurant. The featured dish is New

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BEYOND THERAPY Limelight Theatre August 6 - 30 Directed by Joe Kemper, this play by Christopher Durang focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests they place a personal ad. Their first meeting is disastrous and the two report back to their respective therapists – who are clearly more troubled than their patients. Purchase tickets online or by calling the Box Office at 904-825-1164. 11 Old Mission Avenue, www.limelight-theatre.org

CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

Downtown St. Augustine Thursdays through September Enjoy sweet tunes in an outdoor setting every Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the St. Augustine Plaza, located in the heart of downtown. The summer-long music series celebrates its 24th season and features a variety of musical talent for the free weekly concerts, open to all ages. www.staugustinegovernment.com

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England-Style Clambake. Enjoy this one-pot feast of chowder, steamed lobsters, clams, corn on the cob. The evening includes strawberry shortcake, a recipe book, complimentary beer and wine, and private farm market shopping after class. $45 per person. Learn more and register online. 5780 County Road 305, Elkton (off 207) www.rypeandreadi.com

JORMA KAUKONEN Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 6, 8 pm In a career that has already spanned a halfcentury, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a GRAMMY nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the stilltouring Hot Tuna. Tickets are $32 t0 $38 and gates open at 7 p.m. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

COMMUNITY FIRST NIGHT OWL CINEMA PRESENTS BABE St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 7, 8 pm Community First Night Owl Cinema free movie series closes out its season with a family-friendly showing of Babe, the story of a pig raised by sheepdogs, who learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Gates open at 7 p.m. and movie starts at 8 p.m. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugamphitheatre.com

THE ROBBY KRIEGER BANDS PRESENTS AN EVENING OF THE DOORS GREATEST HITS Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 13, 8 pm The Robby Krieger Band, led by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and The Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, will perform an Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits featuring special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK AT THE HALL OF FAME World Golf Village August 13-16 Visit the Hall during PGA Championship Week and enjoy learning about Hall of Fame members who are PGA Champions as you take a special scavenger hunt through the Hall of Fame with a chance to win a prize pack. 1 World Golf Place, worldgolfhalloffame.org

JIM LAUDERDALE & HIS BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 14, 8 p.m. Jim Lauderdale is a multiple GRAMMY and Americana Music Association Awardwinning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record, Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Americana Album

category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002. For this performance he is joined by guest Canary in the Coalmine. Tickets range from $35 to $45 and doors open at 7 p.m. For more information and ticket details, please visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

COMMEMORATION OF SECOND SEMINOLE WAR St. Augustine National Cemetery August 15, 10 am About 70 reenactors in period dress will re-trace the final portion of a stirring parade through St. Augustine that took place 173 years earlier, to the day, in 1842. That parade and the ceremony following marked the termination of the Second Seminole War. The parade will form at 10 a.m. in front of the St. Francis Barracks. Cannon fire at 10:30 a.m. will announce the march from the Barracks to the “gardens,” now the St. Augustine

EMMA PRESENTS FIESTA 450! St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 6, 3-9pm As a part of the grand 450th Celebration, the EMMA Concert Association presents Fiesta 450! From 3 to 7:30 p.m., free performances include a choir group, reenactors that walk throughout the audience and hands-on demonstrations from a multitude of different industries. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., The Ensemble Espanol Dance Theatre will give a ticketed performance that encompasses Spanish dance, culture, and lifestyle in a folkloric and Flamenco dance. Tickets range from $19 to $39 and a special VIP package for $100. For tickets and additional information, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, www.staugamphitheatre.com

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MUSICAL & CULTURAL ACT

Downtown St. Augustine

THE MORRIGANS ALEXANDRA We've got the entire eventIN GREY TEJEDOR LUIS MARIO BAND THE WILD SHINERS THE FALLING BONES ASLYN & THE NAYSAYER lineup for the RAMONACelebrate QUIMBY BAND SEA 450! FLOOR EXPLOSIVES LONESOME BERT & CHARLEY SIMMONS SHEA BIRNEY CHELSEA SADDLER THE RUBIES and everything you need COLTON MCKENNA THE HOUSE CATS THE WOBBLY TOMS DEWE BILLY BUCHANAN LAURA LEE & THE ESCAPEES LOVE CHUNK KENN to know about this giant HUNTER MILLER JOE SCHAUER SCOTT SWEET ELIZABETH ROTH TH COMPLICATED ANIMALS JOHN DICKIE GERMAINE VERONICA THE celebration.

Market at the Pier

St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

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National Cemetery. 82 Marine Street, St. Augustine.

St. Augustine-based nonprofit Joy Moja takes place at Ancient City Brewing. The bands are: The Wobbly Toms; Blood Sugar THANK YOU TO OUR COMM SUBLIME WITH ROME $ex Magik (a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover AARON NEVILLE EMMYLOU HARRIS St. Augustine Amphitheatre band); Root of All; and Lonesome Bert AND RODNEY CROWELL MAVIS16,STAPLES August 5:35 pm and The Skinny Lizards. Presale tickets The perfect of summer concert to are $20 and include a Joy Moja t-shirt and JJ keep GREY & MOFRO PEOPLE HELPING end PEOPLE the goodGOSPEL vibesCHOIR flowing, Sublime with Rome complimentary pint of craft beer. There COMMUNITY JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE is accompanied by Rebelution, Pepper will be food and big raffle items. Purchase and Mickey Avalon. Come out for someNICKI BLUHMtickets by emailing christina@joymoja. AND THE GRAMBLERS laid back, beachside tunes with a festival com. Tickets are available at the door for a vibe. Gates open at 4:30 to ensure a good suggested $20 donation. view, tickets range from $30.00 to $54.50 3420 Agricultural Center Drive Suite 8, depending on seat location. www.joymoja.com 1340C A1A South, St.Augustine www.staugamptheatre.com TIM MCGRAW Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena August 30th, 7 pm Come out to see the country legend at

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Old City Farmers Market

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

COOKING CLASS Rype & Readi August 20, 7-9:30 pm Cooking class lead by Chef Gareth Alonso of BlackFly restaurant. The featured dish is Portuguese Cataplana. Available on every street corner in Portugal, the cataplana is the forerunner of the modern pressure cooker and allows cooking various types of food, giving them all an unmistakable flavor through its hermetic steam cooking. Enjoy tapas while cooking, three different paellas, farm fresh salad, dessert, complimentary wine, and private farm market shopping after class. $45 per person. Learn more and register online. 5780 County Road 305, Elkton (off 207) www.rypeandreadi.com

JOY MOJA JAM FEST Ancient City Brewing August 23, 12- 8 pm A jam fest fundraiser event in support of

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NOW AND ZEN YOGA

Dos Coffee and Wine Bar August 9 & 23; September 13 & 27

Now & Zen Yoga and DOS present two of your favorite things every other Sunday- coffee and yoga! Bring your mat from 8-9am and come welcome the day with morning yoga with a suggested $5 donation. Doors will open at 7:50am for yoga then stick around for coffee or a breakfast treat! 300 San Marco Avenue www.dosbar.com


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ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL

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Downtown St. Augustine September 9-12 With five events this year, the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival gracefully celebrates the cultural heritage of St. Augustine with authentic Spanish food and wine. From the “Batalla De Vino” to the “Grand Tasting,” 1 KICKOFF 4 GRAND LUNCHEON each event is as fun and engaging as TASTING it is FIRST COAST TECHNICAL COLLEGE MISSION NOMBRE de DIOS WEDNESDAY | 12-1:30 p.m. with all proceedsSATURDAY 1-3 p.m. “feel good”, going | to local A salute to the students and graduates of Over 125 Spanish wines, FreshSt. Starts, transitioning homeless to authentictakes tapas and an etched, Augustine Charities. The event jobs in the food service industry. commerative wine glass. place as part of the 450th celebrations and 2 VINO 5 GRAND BATALLA VERITAS MISSION locations. NOMBRE de DIOS TREASURY ON across THE PLAZA various participating spans SATURDAY | 6-7 p.m. THURSDAY | 6:30-8:30 p.m. in white Tickets are and sold separately forParticipants each dressed event. One-on-one discussions decorate friends and strangers tastings with Spanish chefs For more information and to purchase alike with red wine. and winemakers. RECEPTION & tickets, visit the Spanish Wine Festival’s 3 CAVA DINNER SPONSORED FOR TICKET PRICES AND www.spanishwinefestival.com BYwebsite. TORRES WINE

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EVENTS

Musical revue of Johnny Cash hits!

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MISSION NOMBRE de DIOS FRIDAY | 6-10 p.m. Five course Spanish dinner, music, dancing and fireworks.

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September 18 - October 18 11 Old Mission Avenue 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 11 St. OldAugustine, Mission Avenue FL This Family Friendly PG musical features Johnny Cash Hits that are sure to Fridays, Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Augustine, FL 904-825-1164 evoke nostalgia while ensuring a foot-tapping good time. The musical details 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Fridays, Saturdays 904-825-1164 limelight-theatre.org thelimelight-theatre.org background of the rugged singer and how he came to beSunday the legend he is 2 p.m. matinees remembered for today. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. For more information, visit the Limelight’s website or call 904-825-1164. 11 Old Mission Avenue, www.limelight-theatre.org

the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena this August for a perfect ‘End of Summer’ excuse to break out the cowboy boots (if you ever took them off). On August 20th Tim McGraw, with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, will yet again wow audiences with his hits on his Shotgun Rider Tour. Tickets range from $40 to $200 and are going fast, so purchase yours now at www.jaxevents.com

DAN ANDRIANA IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND JEFF ROSENSTOCK The Colonial Quarter August 25, 6 pm

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Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, is the solo project from the Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano. Andriano played bass and was co-vocalist in Alkaline Trio as well as a member of notable punk and ska bands Slapstick, Tuesday and The Falcon. Prolific Long Island, NY ska and punk rock singer Jeff Rosenstock co-headlines this evening featuring special guests Spraynard and Pet Symmetry. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. 33 St. George Street, www.colonialquarter.com

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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 9, 8PROCEEDS pm ALL BENEFIT Doyle Bramhall II stands as oneFresh of the most Starts distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall II has collaborated for more than a decade, cites e: info@spanishwinefestival.com Presented By: w: www.spanishwinefestival.com the guitarist as one of the most gifted players he has ever encountered. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 13, 9 pm This fine assortment of handpicked musicians all have their own unique qualifications but it’s their dedication to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa that unites them and thrills audiences across the globe. .For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

BACKYARD BBQ St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 15, 7 pm The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard BBQ features Thee Oh Sees with guests Golden Pelicans and Waylon Thornton & The Heavy Hands. The show is presented by the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Commoditie Booking. Tickets range from $15 to $17. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office or online. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugamphitheatre.com


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PINK UP THE PACE Francis Field

October 3, 8 am

Not only is this the biggest 5K in town, it’s one that serves to give back to the community. This twoday event kicks off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink Up the Pace is a non-profit organization founded by Cindy Ortiz Chasonas in 2009, when diagnosed at age 28. Come celebrate life with survivors, family and friends while remembering those who lost the battle against breast cancer. All money raised stays in St. Johns County and goes directly towards assisting the uninsured and underinsured in the early detection of breast cancer and increasing public awareness of the importance of early detection and provide support to survivors and their families. www.pinkupthepace.org

LUKE BRYAN

DELBERT MCCLINTON

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena September 17, 7:30 pm Another Night of Country is coming to Northeast Florida with the Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” Tour. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is sure to be full of foot-tapping and hip swaying when Luke and special guests, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch, take the stage on September 17th. tickets start at $50.00 and can be purchased at www.jaxevents.com

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 25, 8 pm A night of Blues and Country folk music awaits the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall when Delbert McClinton comes to town. The ensemble is sure to include some of his Grammy-winning hits and unique blend of Texas sounds. The gates open at 7:00pm and tickets start at $49.50. For more information and ticket details, please visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

ENDLESS SUMMER 5K/10K Anastasia State Park September 19, 8 am Outrun summer with the endless summer 10K and 5K event. In its 12th year, the race is a fun and active way to raise money for Anastasia State Park. With the option of a cross country 10K (6.2 miles) or a beach walk/run 5K (3.1 miles), the race has something for walkers and runners to partake in, while uniting our community in a common cause. The race course runs through the majority of Anastasia State Park, giving participants a scenic view. Entry fees range from $25 to $30. 300 Anastasia Park Road, www.endlesssummerrun.org

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FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL Flagler College September 24-26 This annual event showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, welcoming writers and literary enthusiasts to historic St. Augustine. Each year, attendees participate in author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and a Writers Conference www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

focusing on both the craft and the business of writing. This year there will be events honoring a large slate of writers, with the opportunity to work with some of them at an intimate level. The festival’s mission is to promote literacy throughout the country. www.fhbookfest.com

HOUNDMOUTH Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 30, 8 pm In the last four years, Houndmouth has learned what it means to be a band. On their second album, Little Neon Limelight, they wear that wisdom like a badge of honor. $26.50 General Admission Standing Room. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-2090399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

BOOT SCOOTIN’ BAR-B-Q

St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club October 3, 6:30 pm Boot Scootin’ Bar-B-Q to benefit Investing In Kids (INK). The event will include hot grill, cold drinks, music, bingo, a mechanical bull, silent auction, and more. Jeans and spurs welcome. Tickets are $75 per person, or $65 if you RSVP by Sept. 3. 401 Gun Club Rd., www.ink-stjohns.org


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Crossroads

A1A BLVD

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The busiest corner on the beach boasts some of the best food on the beach too - from island inspired entrees and original health-conscious wraps to waterfront dining in the most casual of atmospheres. Shop the biggest selection of surf gear here too.

A1A Beach Boulevard

MANGO MANGO'S

A Street

STIR IT UP

St. Augustine’s original health minded sandwich, burrito and smoothie shop, Stir It Up creates positive energy through fresh nutrition. The Purple Haze smoothie and The Surfer Chick burrito after a long beach session will refresh your mind, body and spirit. If not for Stir It Up, most of us would have never known Annie’s Goddess salad dressing goes with everything!

18 A Street www.stiritupstaug.com

Mango Mango’s delivers beach inspired fare on the beach's busiest corner. Highlights include: Caribbean Jerk Tuna Tacos, Jerk Pork Quesadilla Tacos, Coconut Crunchy Shrimp, Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich, and the Mango Burger.

700 A1A Beach Blvd www.mangomangos.com JACK'S BBQ

Jack's BBQ is the only BBQ joint boasting a swimming pool and live music. When you hear reggae you’ll know it’s time to cross A1A, grab a drink and enjoy St. Augustine’s chillest crowd on the beach. A little BBQ chicken or burger makes the experience that much better.

BEACHCOMBER

The only oceanfront restaurant on St. Augustine Beach, The Beachcomber Restaurant has an all new menu with appetizers, tacos, burgers, sandwiches and dinner selections for every taste. A local favorite since forever!

691 A1A Beach Blvd (904) 460-8100 ZABA'S COFFEE

Open daily 7:30am 3pm, Zaba’s serves up organic brewed coffee, lattes and smoothies. The breakfast and lunch menu is a classic mix of all the favorites. Bonus, they sell Hyppo Pops too!

701 A1A Beach Blvd, (904) 770-2976

2 A Street (904) 471-3744

PIT SURF SHOP

The PIT Surf Shop supplies the casual beachgoer and core surfer with everything required for the island lifestyle. With a huge selection of boards, baggies, rentals and gear with weekly Surf Camps and lessons all summer long.

18 A Street, www.thepitsurfshop.com

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Roundup

DOG PARKS If a routine walk around the neighborhood isn’t cutting it, opt for a change of scenery. Load your pooch in the car and head to one of the following dog parks we’ve rounded up for you. RON PARKER PARK Located off of Pope Road on Anastasia Island, this park brings together a crowd of dogs daily to run, jump and play in a shaded, mulch-filled area. The overwhelming selling point for this park is the fact that your dog will never have to play alone here. If you are looking to stop by during peak dog hours, head over in the late afternoon. 607 Old Beach Road TREATY PARK Situated on Wildwood off of 207, Treaty Park has the best of both worlds: a traditional off-leash dog park setup, and also a shaded mile-long trail that spans the perimeter of the park for you and your pup to walk together. 1595 Wildwood Drive JOE POMAR PARK Although typically less populated, located off of Masters Dr., Pomar Park offers a fenced in area for you and your dog to play fetch. A gazebo provides shade for sitting, and a modest grass-sized area allows your dog room to run. 1600 Masters Drive

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One of Scuff Co.'s two inaugural T-designs in May. Designed by Spacecamp Co.,

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SCUFF CO. Newly launched T-shirt funding project helps artists get recognized for their amazing designs. Scuff Co. is a T-shirt funding project with a joint mission: to help local artists be seen, and to make fun shirts for everyone to wear. The project was launched by local design studio, Spacecamp Co.. Scuff Co. is about more than buying a screenprinted T-shirt, it’s helping support someone else’s idea to get funded. The setup is simple. Each month, Scuff Co. shares two original T-shirt designs, brought to life by two different artists. The public has a chance to review the shirts, read up on the designer, and pre-order. If either shirt makes it to 20 preorders by the 15th of the month, the

shirt is sent off to the printer. Each designer receives a percentage of the profit of endsales. Just a few months into the project and already a number of shirts have been met with great support and received funding. To check out this month's new designs, visit scuff.co. SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN There are no limits or set theme for artwork featured. Meaning, if you’re an artist who would like to see your original work end up on a shirt, you're invited to submit your design for consideration. www.scuff.co

Homeschooling your children doesn't have to feel overwhelming for them, or for you. A web-based app with St. Augustine roots is making it easier for homeschooling parents everywhere to stay organized. "We developed it to sell from the start, but our families' needs for record keeping tools were in the forefront of our minds. Our wives played a large role in prioritizing features and making Homeschool Manager usable for real life homeschooling moms, not just what three guys think they need." Chris Olsen, founding partner of Homeschool Manager. www.homeschoolmanager.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Ventures

OYSTERS, BURGERS AND YOGA TOO

Q&A

THE RED SABLE EXPANDS INTO A NEW HOME

St. Augustine businesses are rebranding, relocating, building and brewing up some serious new opportunities for our small town. Here's what we know this month...

Owner Melissa Roby offered up the inside scoop on The Red Sable art supply store's move, and the exciting new features the expanded space offers. Photography by Brian Miller Where did the name come from? The name Red Sable was inspired by the fine artists' paintbrush. It is the most highly desired tool all artists want to add to their collection. I wanted the name to represent quality and expertise, and set us apart from the big box stores. How long have you been open in St. Augustine? The Red Sable is truly a mom and pop store as we opened the first location by selling T-shirts and attending crowdfunding festivals to raise money to open our space. We opened in 2014 in a small 150 sq. ft. sublease of another store downtown. Why the move out of downtown? After our first year in business downtown we found ourselves needing more space, easier access for locals and less traffic. We also needed to have extended hours and a lower cost per square foot so we could keep the discounts customers have grown to love. A sublease was a great way to help us initially open but it was time to move on to the next step in our

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The new space means more room for favorite products, as well as new product lines. Many of their products are exclusives not found in big box retail stores.

business growth plan. That's when Jackie Rock of Rock Art Studio approached me and told me about Old Dixie Highway and turning it into the new arts district. We are huge advocates in supporting local arts and creating an area to inspire artists to create and explore from the young to the young at heart and wanted to be part of this vision. Tell us about some of the new features: We have expanded our classes and even added our first ever art camp for kids. Another aspect of this new space we love is the wall space. We now host monthly art openings for artists from all over the area, and from as far as New Zealand. Our July artist was

a retired mayor from Neptune Beach and August we have a budding artist Sade Diaz with her first ever show. We hear you've added an artists lounge? Our artists lounge is a pop up space for artists to come in and work. We even have a table outside now for artists to sit in front of the store and work. This space is a non-judgement zone where you just let your mind be free and let go and dabble in your art or work on your masterpiece. We have in-store easels for artists to use and work on larger paintings. Some groups have called ahead and asked for larger tables where five or more friends can gather to work. I provide the coffee, you provide the creativity. Does Red Sable cater to artists of all ages? We inspire the young to explore art and we inspire the young at heart to reclaim their inner artist.

1333 Old Dixie Hwy. Suite 5 www.theredsable.com

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Serving up seafood and Southern fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oyster Creek Eatery has opened its doors downtown where Yard Bird Cafe (now Blue Hen located in Lincolnville) once stood. 117 King Street Remember Li’l Champ? Following renovations, this prime downtown corner space that’s been sitting empty is now home to One Twenty Three Burger House. Don’t let a packed parking lot deter you. They are offering extra parking behind the restaurant, with a free golf cart shuttle service for patrons known as the The Burger Buggy. 123 King Street There’s a new filling station on St. Augustine Beach, founded by car enthusiasts, and filled with decor to mirror a service garage. Fuel served at Obi’s Filling Station comes in the form of giant burgers and refreshing beers. 590 A1A Beach Blvd. Ayla’s Acres Thrift Shop has moved from U.S. 1 to King Street. 142 King Street Thrive is now open on San Marco. This Chiropractic, Nutrition & Yoga center offers the community an optimal and inclusive wellness experience. 193 San Marco Avenue


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HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Digital Preservation Curator Matt Armstrong digs up history buried deep inside the Government House Library. Photography by Brian Miller How long have you been involved with the St. Augustine community in a historical capacity? I started by volunteering and interning with the city archaeologist, Carl Halbirt. My first job in St. Augustine was in 2006 with Karen Harvey, giving history themed walking tours of the downtown area. Interestingly enough, the tours started in the Government House lobby. What keeps you passionate about history? Unanswered questions, I suppose. Knowing that the answers for my own, or someone else’s, questions are hidden somewhere in the library collection keeps you digging. Do you identify yourself as a historian? History nerd would probably be a more accurate description. St. Augustine is so lucky to have a gaggle of fantastic historians: Susan Parker, David Nolan, Leslee Keys, Tom Graham, Charles Tingley, Alison Simpson… I could go on and on. What type of work do you do at the Government House? I manage the research library and run the digital preservation lab, where I digitize material so it can be accessible online to everyone. The library itself is a very cool and unique collection: it’s made up of archival research material, archaeological documents, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, and slides. It was the research collection of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (1959-1997). UF assumed the collection in 2009. Most of the material is from the 1940s to the 1980s. The collection tells a big part

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It’s exciting to find something that was believed to be lost or non-existent, whether that be a photo, research paper, or piece of handwritten correspondence. You'd be surprised how often that happens.

of the story of historic preservation in St. Augustine’s history. Why does the city look the way it does today? The answer is in the Government House library. The library is open to anyone who wants to use it for research. I have been fortunate enough to assist in projects with the city, the county, the Historical Society, the Florida National Guard and projects with students from Flagler and UF. What's the most interesting part of your job? It’s exciting to find something that was believed to be lost or non-existent, whether that be a photo, research paper, or piece of handwritten correspondence.

You’d be surprised how often that happens. This usually happens when I work with students. It is an absolute joy to work with students (of all ages). Having History/ Public History students from Flagler and Historic Preservation and Museum Studies students from UF using the space is exciting because they approach the material with a fresh set of eyes, They aren’t being held back by preconceptions about what did or didn’t happen in the city. The questions they ask, and by virtue of that, the MORE ONLINE answers they discover, are fantastic and enlightening Read the rest of Matt's for me as well.

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It is assumed that the recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes do not pay a mortgage, but they do, just like any home owner. Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for cash donations so they are able to build more homes for eligible families in our community. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter builds 6-8 homes per year, and with your donations they are able to purchase better heavy-duty construction materials, the best tools for the job and land. For more information on how you can donate visit, www.habitatstjohns.org/donate. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Love this? You can have one too!

By Sarah McCartan | Illustrations by Andrew Scott Wilson

A 5-day festival celebrating the history, culture and birthday of the nation’s oldest city. September 4 - September 8, 2015 | Downtown, St. Augustine Between a music and street festival, kids activities, and cultural and commemorative happenings, St. Augustine's 450th birthday is going to be one for the memory books. This Unofficial Official guide presents everything you need to know to join in and make the most of the celebrations. INFORMATION UP TO DATE AS OF JULY 20, 2015. Updates to follow online between now and the celebrations.

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So you don't end up sitting idle in traffic, or wasting hours upon hours of your life in search of parking, here are some important details to help you get around.... WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING AROUND

With downtown parking at a premium, the 450th celebrations make for an optimal time to dust off your two wheelers. We’ve got the scoop on all your bike details, including bike valet, where to park it and lock it up, and safety tips to keep in mind before you ride. If you’re hellbent on bringing your car, we’ve mapped out where you can and can’t drive.

Downtown Business Alert: There will be access points for downtown businesses and residents at the intersections of Orange Street and Cordova, and Valencia and Cordova.

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Keep An Eye Out for These Street Closures PEDESTRIAN AREA: These streets will be closed to cars and bikes during performances on the main stage, and will be open to Pedestrian Traffic Only on... Friday, September 4th from 5pm - 12am Saturday, September 5th from 5pm - 12am HYPOLITA & AVILES CLOSURES: These streets will be closed to cars and bikes on... Friday, September 4th from 12pm - 12am Saturday, September 5th from 10am -12am Sunday, September 6th from 10pm - 3pm CATHEDRAL CLOSURE: This street will be closed to cars and bikes on... Friday, September 4th 5pm - 12am Saturday, September 5th 5pm - 12am Monday, September 7th 11pm - 5pm ST. GEORGE (King to Cathedral): This short section of St. George Street between the Government House and the City Plaza will be closed to cars and bikes from..... Friday September 4th at 12pm through Sunday, September 6th at 3pm BRIDGE CLOSURES: Bridge of Lions will be closed to vehicle traffic Friday, September 4th from 5pm - 12am Saturday September 5th from 5pm - 12am These times and parameters are subject to slight change, based on SAPD safety needs evaluation. Additional street closures will take place briefly during Tuesday’s commemorative events.

WHAT TO BRING / LEAVE:

Lather up the sunscreen, put on your shades, leave the aerosol cans, glitter, chairs, spray paint and weapons at home, and put your belongings in a purse or small backpack before trekking to the festival. For a full list of what you can and can’t bring along with you, visit www.staugustine-450.com.

By Car Although you can drive into downtown and wing it, we suggest planning ahead, and carrying some cash with you. WHERE TO PARK IT: Parking is available in the downtown parking garage located off W. Castillo Drive. Parking at the facility is $12 per vehicle per entry. Francis Field, located just before the parking garage on W. Castillo Drive, is also available for parking during the festival and is $12 per vehicle. Situated at the intersection of US 1 and King Street, overflow parking will be available behind Broudy’s liquor store.

By Bike If you live in or around downtown, or on the island in Davis Shores, riding your bike to the festivities is an easy breezy, and smart decision. Not to worry, once you arrive, there are plenty of spaces to keep your ride safe for the duration. PARK & LOCK VeloFest community initiative is offering complimentary bike parking throughout the weekend of entertainment. Three park and lock lots will be available downtown. Locations: across from Fort, south of marina and in the grass space west of Government House. BIKE VALET VeloFest is also offering a valet bike service on the east side of the bridge that is free to the community, available Friday & Saturday (Sept. 4 & 5) 11 am - 12 am. Donations are happily accepted. The valet doesn't require a lock unless you can’t make it back to your bike before midnight. BEFORE YOU RIDE: Pump up your tires, remember to wear a helmet, make sure your bike has reflectors, lights, and that you are riding with the flow of traffic.

Let someone else get you there.... For those opting to park on the island, Anastasia Trolley will operate in a circuitous route. The route spans between the eastern foot of the Bridge of Lions, along Anastasia Blvd. to the Anastasia Baptist Church lot, then stopping by the Elks Lodge, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, followed by the RB Hunt School lot and then the Conch House lot before heading back to the Bridge. Wave it Down: Celebrants standing along the route wishing to be picked up simply need to wave the trolley down. Assuming you are standing in an area safe for the train to stop, they will pick you up. The trolley will run 5 pm – midnight, Friday & Saturday (Sept. 4 & 5). VeloFest has secured Pedicab of St. Augustine to be on call to offer rides over the Bridge of Lions for those who ride on the trolley and can’t make the walk over. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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Celebrate 450! music and street festival takes place Friday through Sunday. The main festival stage home to the weekend headliners will be located facing the bayfront, with a viewing area spanning from the fort to the marina. Additional stages are located at Plaza Gazebo, Aviles Street, Hypolita Street, and Colonial Quarter. All events are free.

MAIN STAGE KIDZONE ADDITIONAL STAGES FIREWORKS ANASTASIA BLVD FESTIVITIES Anastasia Blvd. businesses have banded together and are having entertainment on the BLVD. There will also be a stage for music. Disclaimer: not an official part of Celebrate 450!

KIDZONE + FAMILY OASIS Located in the heart of the festival on the west side of the Plaza de la Constituciรณn in front of the Government House (on St. George Street between Cathedral Place and King Street).

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FRIDAY

SATURDAY

September 5th

September 6th

3pm - 6pm

11am - 5pm

12 - 2 p.m.

5:30pm - 11pm

LOCAL ACT LINEUP PERFORMING THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND The following local musicians/performers will be playing various stages throughout the weekend.

September 4th LOCAL ACTS PERFORM Various acts to perform on additional stages.

6pm - 10pm

MAIN STAGE HEADLINERS PERFORM

LOCAL ACTS PERFORM

MAIN STAGE HEADLINERS PERFORM

5:30pm Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

6pm El Conjunto Tropical & People Helping People Gospel Choir

6:30pm Justin Townes Earle

6:45pm Mavis Staples

7:45pm JJ Grey & MoFro

8:30pm Aaron Neville

9:30pm Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell

And then..

The area features include: face painting; sandbox; history touch boxes and archaeological dig boxes provided by the Fountain of Youth; dog station, for well behaved dogs on leashes to cool down; beach chairs; misters; family weekend giveaway. Friday, September 4th from 3pm to 7pm Saturday, September 5th from 11am to 7pm Sunday, September 6th from 12pm to 2pm

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SUNDAY

LOCAL ACTS PERFORM

THE WILLOWWACKS SAM PACETTI THE WILD SHINERS THE FALLING BONES ASLYN & THE NAYSAYERS RIVERNECKS AMY HENDRICKSON RAMONA QUIMBY BAND SEA FLOOR EXPLOSIONS LONESOME BERT & THE SKINNY LIZARDS BOB PATTERSON CHARLIE SIMMONS SHEA BIRNEY CHELSEA SADLER THE RUBIES MICHAEL JORDAN JIM JOHNSTON COLTON MCKENNA THE HOUSE CATS THE WOBBLY TOMS DEWEY VIA ROB PECK TRIO OF BOOM BILLY BUCHANAN LAURA LEE AND THE ESCAPEES LOVE CHUNK KENNY AND THE JETTS GARY CAMPBELL HUNTER MILLER JOE SCHAUER SCOTT SWEET ELIZABETH ROTH THE GATORBONE BAND ADDI & JACQ COMPLICATED ANIMALS JOHN DICKIE GERMAINE MANCKE THE DRIFTWOODS THE SAND FLEAS RED RIVER BAND 11 pm-ish (SATURDAY NIGHT) FIREWORKS ON THE BAY Remember those epic 4th of July Fireworks? Well they’re happening again as soon as the music ends on the main stage Saturday night. They will be launched along the bayfront so those watching main stage performances will have an up-close view.

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EVENTS

In addition to Celebrate 450!’s entertainment lineup there are a number of cultural and commemorative events taking place.

SUNDAY

MONDAY

September 6th

September 7th

3 - 7:30pm

EMMA AT THE AMPHITHEATRE EMMA Concert Association presents Fiesta 450!. This performance at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Anastasia Island provides an evening of entertainment that showcases St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage.

4 - 5:30pm

MUSIC CONCERT Local performing arts organizations will produce the first performance (St. Augustine Orchestra, St. Augustine Community Chorus, St. Augustine Community Youth Chorus, First Coast Opera & Limelight Theatre). This performance will be free to the public and gates open at 3 p.m.

5:30 - 7pm

HAPPENING ON THE GROUNDS The St. Augustine Textile Arts Guild, Heritage (re-enactors) organizations, and representatives from the Castillo and St. George Players. The Art Association will provide handson activities and demonstrations geared toward family involvement.

6 - 7:30pm

VIP TICKETED EVENT $100 per person (only 100 tickets available). Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, preferred seating and parking. Attendees will be served by the 450th Youth Ambassadors.

7:30pm

EVENING CONCERT: ENSEMBLE ESPAÑOL The ensemble will perform all styles of Spanish dance – Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance “Estilizatión, Folklore, 18th Century Dances, Ballet (Classical Dance) and Castanets. Tickets $5 - $39 available at the Amphitheatre Box Office.

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12 - 5pm

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE SQUARE Beginning at noon, The Driftwoods will perform in the square, until time for cake cutting.

2 - 3pm

ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION From 2 pm -3 pm Mayor and Commissioners will present Official 450th Anniversary Proclamation. ST. AUGUSTINE'S ROYAL FAMILY CUTS THE CAKE Did someone say cake? That’s right. It wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake would it? St. Augustine’s Royal Family who will be cutting the cake are appointed community members who have royal ties. About the Royal Family The 2015 Royal Family is Joseph Riley Solana — King Juan Carlos; Allison Nicole Courter — Princess Margarita Maria; and Kerri Suzanne Alexander — Queen Mariana. The newly-selected royal trio all have the requisite family genealogy and heritage tracing back to the early settlers of St. Augustine and to Spain.

3 - 5pm

CAKE IS SERVED Birthday cake served in The Public Market for all in attendance. Following the cake cutting, Mid-Life Crisis band will play from 3pm-5pm.

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ROYALTY RUMORS: Although the King and Queen won’t be here for the 450th celebrations, it’s true, they will be in town days later. King Felipe and Queen Letizia are scheduled to visit here when St. Augustine is hosting the annual U.S.-Spanish Council (Sept. 17-20). As for the Pope, unless a miracle happens, he’s listed as a “no show.”


T A P E S T R Y E X H I B I T:

AT THE VISITORS CENTER

The free Tapestry exhibition showcases authentic objects, original documents, powerful photographs and interactive elements that share the story of how three intertwining cultures – Spanish, African and Native American – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. Before leaving the exhibition, each guest receives a stamped commemorative passport. It is a free 48-page, full-color keepsake that highlights 35 important sites, historic markers and programs throughout St. Johns County. GET THE COMMEMORATIVE BOOK While you’re there, if commemorative souvenirs are your thing, St. Augustine 450th Anniversary Commemorative books are now available for $50. The 255-page book was written by J. Michael Francis with photography by Glenn Hastings. The book is available to purchase at the Visitor Information Center at 10 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine.

More Performances Performances marking historical significance and cultural heritage will be happening all weekend. Following are several of the acts. The Morrigans Alexandra in Grey Tejedor Fort Mose Historical Society with a “Flight to Freedom” presentation

10 S. Castillo Drive at the Parking Garage Greek Orthodox Shrine featuring traditional Greek dancers and musicians

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Fuego Flamenco’s amazing flamenco dancers

September 8th

St. Johns County Public Schools’ combined school choral performance

Countdown Clock Ceremony, Menéndez Landing Re-Enactment, Procession & Commemorative Mass 450 years to the day of St. Augustine’s founding is an authentic, historical re-enactment of Pedro Menéndez’s landing at the Mission Nombre de Dios. A procession takes spectators to The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine for a Commemorative Mass.

“Eli” Grimes, singer/songwriter of “1565” performing his original composition Menorcan Cultural Society featuring traditional dancers and singers

7:45am

West African Drum Circles of St Augustine sharing the beat of drum circles

Countdown clock ceremony at the Visitor Information Diocesan Events Open to the Public:

9am

Menéndez landing re-enactment at the Mission Nombre de Dios

10am

Grant procession to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

11am

Commemorative Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine (Due to limited seating, invitation only). There will be a large video screen located in the west courtyard of the Cathedral to view the Mass. Communion will be available. Seating will also be available at the Flagler College Auditorium but communion will not be provided.

5:30pm

Jeffrey Spear featuring a colonial cooking demonstration,

LOVE OUR COVER ILLUSTRATION? You can have a commemorative copy for your house too! This piece of art was handdrawn by local artist and Flagler Alumnus, Andrew Scott Wilson exclusively for St. Augustine Social. 18x24 prints are available for purchase on our website for $25 www.staugustinesocial.com

Solemn Vespers with Cardinal Sean O'Malley as the principal celebrant at the Cathedral Basilica

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Renaissance Band’s pre-1750 instrumental music Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind’s dance troupe St. Augustine Line Dancers performing line dances with a bit of waltz, mambo and tango T. Martin Band delivering its own R&B sounds Harp of Hope featuring harpist Diane Schneider, Ancient City Slickers’ popular big fun music, Jim Sloan, bagpiper, performing traditional jigs, reels and marches

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Raising a Family in St. Johns County A QUICK GUIDE TO EDUCATION, ARTS, CULTURAL & SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. From the abundance of arts and cultural happenings to the award-winning school district, individuals choose to live and raise a family here in (and around) St. Augustine for a number of reasons. This quick guide presents a mix of need-to-knows for parents, to help keep your kids educated and active. By Sarah McCartan, Amanda LaConte, Andrew Vreeland and Summer Perritt


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In many places throughout the country, public schools might be seen as less than desirable. However, in St. Johns County, this is far from the case. The county’s public schools offer a high quality education experience for children from kindergarten through graduation.

4 MODEL CAREER ACADEMY STATUS Four of St. Johns County high school career academies have earned Model Academy Status, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition: the Academy of International Business and Marketing (PVHS), the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers (SAHS), the Aerospace Academy (SAHS) and the Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning (CHS). 3 ACCELERATED PROGRAMS There are three acceleration academies in St. Johns County: St. Augustine High School’s Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Nease High School’s International Baccalaureate program (IB) and Pedro Menendez’s International Baccalaureate program. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: INK Investing in Kids (INK), formerly the St. Johns County Education Foundation, is recognized by the state of Florida as the only direct support organization for the county's school district. INK sponsors various programs and projects parents and families can support including: Fund a Project, mentoring with Take Stock in Children, volunteering and attending events, and acting as a sponsor. Teachers post projects on INK’s website that they can share socially or help to fulfill the need. www.ink-stjohns.org

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Accolades!

GRADE A DISTRICT One of only five school districts in the state to receive an A for 11 consecutive years.

2014 HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT SILVER AWARD One of only seven districts to earn Silver or Gold levels for maintaining a healthy environment for students, employees and the community.

HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICT BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION One of only 11 school districts statewide for this designation.

EXEMPLARY SCHOOL SAFETY AWARD One of only seven schools or districts nationwide to be awarded for having a proactive approach to school safety.

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VPK = Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Although most states have caught on, Florida was one of the first states in the country to offer one year of state-funded pre-kindergarten education for all 4-year-olds, regardless of income. Additionally, Florida ranks #3 in the country for enrollment – 80% of 4-year-olds in our state attend VPK compared to 29% nationwide. GETTING STARTED If your child resides in the state of Florida and is four years old on or before September 1, 2015, they are eligible to participate in the 2015-2016 school year program. Program includes participating public and private providers.

CHOOSING A SCHOOL When choosing a VPK program, it’s helpful to narrow the list with parameters like proximity to your home, whether or not you prefer a faith-based program, or education philosophy (self-paced versus teacherdirected.)

To enroll, follow these steps... Register your child and obtain VPK approval from the Florida Office of Early Learning. The VPK application process is done entirely online at floridaearlylearning.com.

Once you have a working list, request a tour of the preschools you’re considering and talk with the director while you’re there. We suggest observet things like social activity among studentsand the interaction between teachers and students.

After creating an online account, you will be required to upload two documents: Child’s Date of Birth Verification (such as a birth certificate, passport, or immunization record); Parent’s Residential Address Verification (such as drivers license, pay stub or rental agreement) Find a participating preschool with an opening for your child. Preschools begin Fall registration early (usually in the preceding February) and typically fill up fast, although most offer wait lists.

Ask the Director about... Tuition cost, if private Daily schedule and activities structure Teacher to student ratio Security Food allergy policies (if applicable) Teacher training standards and turnover Is there an active parent organization? Can parents volunteer in the classroom? Conflict resolution and discipline policies Illness policies Learn more at www.floridaearlylearning.com

SPECIAL PROGRAMS From culinary arts to urban planning, academies housed at area high schools provide an opportunity for students to enroll in a specific set of courses, projects and experiences associated with a designated career area of interest. ALLEN D. NEASE HIGH SCHOOL

Communications; Engineering BARTRAM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL

Design; Business and Finance

PONTE VEDRA HIGH SCHOOL

Biotechnology and Medical Research; International Business and Marketing ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL

CREEKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

Aerospace; Center for the Arts; Future Teachers

PEDRO MENENDEZ HIGH SCHOOL

Culinary Arts; Coastal and Water Resources

Emerging Technology; Environmental and Urban Planning

ST. JOHNS TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Architectural and Building; Business and Finance; Medical & Health Fields

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“Joining PTO allows parents to have a sense of community at the school level. As the saying goes, many hands make light work and when you have a strong PTO you have a stronger sense of school community which benefits the teachers, students and families at the school." -Meridith Strout

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Daycare Distinction EDUCATION

HOME SCHOOLING Gone are the days where the word homeschool even hints at homebound isolation or the absence of social interaction. Thanks to collaborative group setups, new organizational tools and a growing movement, homeschooling has become an increasingly viable and appealing option, and is a way for parents to personally guide their children’s learning path.

Erin Bailey has four children ages 8, 11, 13, and 3, and has been homeschooling for nearly a decade. For Bailey, though the learning is centered in her home, it pours into the outside world, and is strengthened in numbers. For the past four years, she has been part of a local homeschool group that uses the Classical Conversations curriculum. “We meet once a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 24 weeks out of the year for 6th graders and younger; and 30 weeks out of the year for 7th graders and up.” At the heart of the Classical Conversations approach, is mastering the art of learning. “If a student masters the art of learning, anything is possible. The world is their oyster,” said Bailey. Although there are a number of reasons to consider the homeschool option, Bailey’s number one reason is “being present.” “Being present in your child's life when they are struggling with math, when they wrestle with a deep and possibly burdensome question, when they celebrate a major milestone, when they read different philosophies and theories and want to know the truth​, when they get frustrated with interruptions, when they discover a new creature in the yard…”

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When it comes to preparing young ones for grade school, St. Johns County has a number of early childhood options. While the lines may seem to be blurred when looking at the abundance of daycare and preschool options, there are certain features that differentiate one facility from the next. Here are some points of consideration. Hours: A traditionally structured preschool may only be in session for a few hours of the day, although some offer varying lengths of aftercare time. This type of facility will likely have more holiday closures and seasonal breaks. Daycares generally offer professional care to cover standard business hours and commute time. Age Range: Preschools are typically for ages 3 through 5, while daycares usually accept infants through preKindergarten age. Number of Children: Daycares typically have a greater teacher-tochild ratio than preschools, however, this ratio will vary greatly among daycares as well. If you prefer a daycare provider with only a small number of children, consider a home daycare option. Other Factors: Cost Flexibility with dropoff and pickup times Discipline policy Illness policy Napping practices Daily activity structure Word of Mouth/Reputation

BEFORE YOU HOMESCHOOL Before deciding if homeschool is right for you and your family, Bailey recommends talking to seasoned homeschool parents. “I had no intentions whatsoever of homeschooling until I met with three separate moms,” she said. “Their children were much further along than mine and all three of them had completely different teaching styles and family styles. After talking with the moms, and some of the children, I knew this was right for our family.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

"It’s being present in your child's life when they are struggling with math, when they wrestle with a deep question, when they celebrate a major milestone, when they read different philosophies and want to know the truth…” -Erin Bailey


LOCAL DAD MAKES HOMESCHOOLING EASIER WITH WEB-BASED APP If one aspect of homeschooling you find intimidating is the amount of paperwork and variables to manage, the good news is, there’s support out there. For those who have already made the decision and are currently homeschooling, there’s a management project app to make your life easier. Local resident Chris Olsen was one of three founding partners of handy web-based app, Homeschool Manager. Homeschool Manager helps homeschoolers track grades, attendance, volunteer hours, and book lists. It stores all this information so parents can produce report cards and transcripts on demand, any time. Although the idea originated a decade ago, the product has been on the market for a year. “We could never have imagined the reach we would have in our first year

in business. We have a large base of local customers but our reach is worldwide: users dot the globe including England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and India,” said Olsen. At home, his wife Allie makes great use of the project. It helps her calculate her childrens' grades and keep track of their progress, all while staying on top of her own duties. “I recommend HSM because it's designed by homeschooling families for homeschooling families,” she said. It is fast, easy to learn, soothing to look at and affordable. We also have a facebook group for crowd-sourced support," she said. Since Homeschool Manager’s biggest competition is old school pencil and paper list-making, time and energy have been www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

poured into making Homeschool Manager “easier than paper.” “Moms love lists, so we knew to get them to put down the pencil we would have to make this digital form of planning and record keeping easy. We focus on long term planning and weekly scheduling. We encourage moms in our facebook support and encouragement group to know what you want to accomplish for the year but break the planning and scheduling into manageable chunks," said Olsen. WHO CAN USE IT? “The product was designed to be useful for the masses. “From the mom that wants to track her first grader's progress to the young adult wrapping up their senior year who needs a transcript to submit to college, HSM is designed to flexibly fit any homeschool family's needs.”

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LIVING

ARTS AND CULTURE Things to Do Between visual, literary and perfoming arts opportunities, the community offers a number of arts and cultural activities especially for kids.

Get hands on here... FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM Travel back in time as you take the kids out the Florida Agricultural Museum for old-fashioned fun. Kids and parents alike can pet the docile farm animals, ride horses, learn to shuck corn, pump water and live the Southern farm life. There is also a guided tour of the farm and authentic country store. The farm is open Wednesday-Sunday. Children ages 6 to 12 are $7 a ticket and kids 5 and under are free. 7900 Old Kings Rd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 www.myagmuseum.com GUANA TOLOMATO STATE PARK Home to some of the most diverse, protected species in Florida, The Guana Tolomato State Park offers a fun and interactive exhibit teaching kids and adults alike the importance of conservation. There are multiple hiking, biking, and walking trails as well as a scavenger hunt for kids to complete. 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach www.gtmnerr.org

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LIGHTNER MUSEUM A fun way to educate your kids on the rich history of St. Augustine and opulence of a golden era, the Lightner Museum offers tours of its marble walls for free to children under 12 and for $5 for teens between 12 and 18. 75 King St, www.lightnermuseum. org LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM Get out and active and climb the 219 steps of the lighthouse with your kids this fall, or tour the historic site’s museum filled with local archaeological artifacts. 100 Red Cox Road, www.staugustinelighthouse.com FORT MOSE STORYTIME AND CRAFTS Take the kids out to this engaging story time as a resident of Fort Mose details what it’s like to grow up at the historic site in 1738. The event is set to take place on September 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 15 Fort Mose Trail, www. historiccoastculture.com

Children's Museum The appropriately named tag! Children’s Museum is already receiving quite a buzz around town despite remaining on the horizon. This innovative children’s museum developed by local Northeast Florida parents and partners will be a play-based learning facility that incorporates hands-on activities with an education emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math. The museum will offer exhibits on history and culture, health and wellness, compassion and citizenship and environmental stewardship. It will even include a maker’s shop where kids can work with wood, textiles, tools and 3D printer. www.tagmuseum.org Timeline: TAG is hopeful to break ground in September and plans to open Phase 1 of the museum by December. For more information regarding TAG follow along at facebook.com/tagmuseum.

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Get Creative.... LIMELIGHT THEATRE For skills in the theatrical arts, the Limelight Theatre offers classes to children as young as 4 years old. Whether it be some fun entertainment or giving your kids the opportunity to actually be in a stage production, the Limelight Theatre has programs that teach the necessary skills to perform in any setting and focuses heavily on the process of theatrical arts instead of simply the endproduct. Programs and classes run throughout the year and are offered to children and teens based on grade levels. Productions occur seasonally. 11 Old Mission Ave, www.limelight-theatre.org ART ASSOCIATION In addition to summer camp options, the St. Augustine Art Association offers classes for children throughout the year in the gallery. Call 904-824-2310 for details. 22 Marine Street, www.artassociation.org RED SABLE ART CLASSES Red Sable Art Supply store is now offering kids classes such as painting on wood, under the sea art class and art time travel for kids as well as brand demos with Golden, Gamblin, and Holbein and free demo days. Classes and events are listed on their online calendar. 1333 Old Dixie Hwy. Suite 5, www.theredsable.com PUDDY MUD Puddy Mud pottery and art studio offers classes and camps for kids and adults alike. Learn new skills and have fun with the kids as classes take you through the complete process of your creation. Classes start at $185 and are four weeks long. 852 Anastasia Blvd, www.puddymud.com

HAPPENING AT THE LIBRARY

The St. Johns County Public Library system is full of fun, educational, and entertaining activities for kids, and adults, of all ages. Traditional Story Time: What would a library be without storytime? Each branch (six in total) offers new story-time readings each week. The library offers fun and interactive activities to excite and engage kids in the world of reading. Turn It Up Teen Tuesday: The Southeast Branch, located on US 1 at the southern end of the county, offers a night just for teenagers every Tuesday. Teens can come and hangout with friends, play games, watch movies and much more in this constructive and fun environment. Locations & more information at www.sjcpls.org.

Craft Classes: No matter branch of the library you are closest to, you can always find art and craft classes for you and your little one, from beginner to acrylic painting to knitting. Kids Yoga: Another alternative to traditional sports is the fun and fit way to keep your kids active, Yoga. The Library offers kids and adultS yoga once a week for free to beginners of all ages.

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“I was born and raised here and I wouldn't raise my kids anywhere else. The things I grew up with, I'm now getting to experience again with my own little ones.� -Megan Richard

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SPORTS

A League of their Own Not only are athletic programs fun, they are a great way to build teamwork, character, and discipline skills. St. Johns County has a number of sports and recreational opportunities geared toward youth of all ages and skill levels. Because there are so many, it can be overwhelming of knowing where to start. To help you narrow it down based on your child's interest, we've handpicked a few leagues for you, including registration info, signup details, and what equipment you'll need to get started. Here's the league lowdown.

The First Tee All Junior Members of The First Tee of North Florida play for free on the St. Johns County 3-Hole course. This three-hole facility was designed to deliver a fun and enjoyable learning experience without the pressure of a regular 18 hole facility. The First Tee of North Florida course is designed to be played three times around for the nine-hole experience. The red, white and blue tees are the order of play for the nine-holes. Bonus: A junior member may bring a parent/grandparent out to play the SJC 3-Hole course at no charge as long as it’s during open play hours.

League Lowdown GOLF The First Tee of North Florida Ages: 5-17 Registration $40 Sign up: thefirstteenorthflorida.org by August 15, 904-810-2231 Includes: The First Tee of North Florida bag tag and polo shirt. Required equipment: None, rental clubs are available.

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SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL St. Augustine Little League Baseball and Softball Ages: 5-16 Registration: $80 Sign Up: www.mysall.org Includes: Uniform (team shirt and hat), balls, bats and catchers gear. Required equipment: Pants, baseball cleats (rubber or plastic), fielders glove and athletic supporter. Gloves should fit comfortably on their hand and should be easily opened and closed. All personal equipment should be labeled with the child’s name. Players may bring their own bats. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

SOCCER Ancient City Soccer Club Ages: Boys and Girls 4-19 Registration: Ages 10 & under $225 | Ages 11-19 $250 Sign Up: ancientcitysoccer.com Includes: Uniform and soccer ball Required equipment: Soccer ball, shin guards, soccer cleats (the cleats must be rubber, metal, or molded plastic and they must be round) shirts, shorts and socks (soccer socks go over the shin guards) and a water bottle.


"During the spring and fall we spent many of our days at the Saint Augustine Little League fields. They've come a long way since I was a child." - Kim Cornelison

Skateboarding

FOOTBALL St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association Ages: 6th-8th grade Registration: $300 - Opens early March and reopens in June. Sign up: www.sjmsaa.com Includes: Helmet, shoulder pads, pants and jersey. Required equipment: Youth football cleats and mouthpiece Practice: Starts one week before school starts and takes place after school. Games: Thursday evenings beginning the last Thursday in August.

SURFING ESA St. Augustine Ages: All ages up to 60+ Registration: Single $55 | Family $70 Sign up: www.saflesa.com Includes: Discounts from ESA sponsors, scholarship opportunities and discounts from many local surf shops Required Equipment: Surfboard and leash Practice: On your own Contests: Contests typically happen on Saturdays throughout the summer

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TREATY PARK: Located within the vast miles of Treaty Park is RobertLaryn Skate Park. Skateboarders of all skill levels can try their hand at the 28,000 feet of concrete complete with half-pipe, ledges, rails, banks and a 9-foot pool. All boarders are required to wear a helmet at all times and St. Johns County residents pay only $2 to skate all day. NEAR LIGHTHOUSE: Nestled in between the lighthouse and Anastasia Island, is Hamilton Upchurch Skate Park on Anastasia Island. This park offers a slightly scaled-down area for youth to practice their skills on a quarter pipe, semi-circle, ledges and small ramps, so skaters will be entertained for a quite a while. All skaters must wear a helmet and admission is free.

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Shop Where you See our Community Partners

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St. Augustine Social Community Partners do more than just advertise... their investment gives way to new conversations, supports charitable and community events and unites a city by helping us tell interesting stories and faciliate an environment where no one is a stranger.


Style A SWELL SIP We think staying cool and being environmentally friendly are a pretty swell combo, so it's no surprise to us just how clever these chic water bottles are. Launched in 2010 to rid the world of plastic bottles, S'well is a beautifully crafted bottle that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel, S'well bottles come in nearly every color you can imagine. And, when you buy a S'well bottle, you not only quench your thirst and support a local retailer, but your dollar goes to support the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children. Amazing the work just one bottle can do. Get your own at Market Street Boutique in Palencia Village just a hop and a skip up US 1 North.

159 Palencia Village Drive www.marketstreetb.com

Inside: For Pets // Back to School // For the Family // Eclectic Cottage Dwelling


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FOR PETS

Shower your furry family with fun toys, accessories, and all the modern day comforts any four legged friend would love. LEADS Walk in style with these colorful fabric leads by Elmo's Closet.

Available at Paradise Poochie

PET BOWLS As trendy and stylish as we expect the inside of your home to be, these treat jars and food bowls fit right in with the most stylish of decor themes.

SQUEAKY TOYS Squeak-tastic toys for your perfect little poochie.

Available at Paradise Poochie

Available at Paradise Poochie

PET BEDS For the modern homeowner with a discerning style who want their pets to join in on the style too, these beds by West Paw Designs are just the fit.

Available at Paradise Poochie

PET CARRY TOTE As quirky and colorful as your furry friends' personality this pet tote allows for them to ride in style alongside you whereever you go.

Available at Paradise Poochie

SEA INSPIRED CHEW TOYS Furry, colorful and matchy matchy for your seaside inspired home decor.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Bring those kiddos back to school in style with the latest lunch boxes, backpacks, and bikes they'll be proud to show off.

LUNCH BOX & BACKPACKS Colorful fun designs for your creative kiddos.

Available at West to East

KIDS BIKES For the best made bikes to get your precious cargo to school, shop Schwinn.

YEARLY PLANNER Keep those homework assignments, school concerts and football games organized.

Available at Island Bikes

Available at Market Street Boutique

CHIC DESK ACCESSORIES Start the school year off right with these modern must have desktop items for your teacher of the year.

Available at Market Street Boutique

PENCILS Clever as can be No. 2 pencils.

Available online at Paper Pastries

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BACKPACK For the older girls looking for a more mature way to carry those books comes this design by Vera Bradley.

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For the Family

BIKES You don't have to get from point A to point B in a car all the time. We say kick four wheels to the curb and cycle your way to local restaurants, school and definitely the 450th celebrations on a new bicycle designed just for you.

SCHWINN With styles perfect for a leisurely cycle on the beach or your child's first try without training wheels, Schwinn bicycles have been a family staple for over 100 years.

Available at A1A Cycle Works

TREK For the adventurous rider and a cyclist with places to go Trek is known for creating the best bikes for road, mountain and city cycling.

Available at Sprockets

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Home Style

Eclectic Cottage Dwelling From the giving garden to the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard, every inch of this eclectic Fullerwood dwelling space is poised with thoughtful intention. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell

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"Meet you on the porch," is a phrase that is heard throughout the house multiple times a day. This could be referring to the back, screened porch, the front porch home to a swing Jim built, or the side porch off the kitchen, where light dances around and casts shadows.


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Nestled near the marshes in the Fullerwood neighborhood is the warm and welcoming home of Jim and Patty Springfield. Their home is their sanctuary and retreat when they aren't on the road traveling and exploring. These two have called the space home for the past six years. During this time, they have customized it to seamlessly reflect their passions and personalities. In short, they've turned it into an eclectic and artistic dwelling space, one that sparks a conversation. Every single item in their home holds meaning and tells their story. The story begins in the front yard. Here, Patty pours her heart into her giving garden, cultivating blooms for the sharing. Meanwhile, Jim can be found cutting, sanding and practicing his woodworking skills in his workshop. When inside, chances are you'll find Patty painting in her art room, the two playing music together, or relaxing on their screened porch that overlooks their lush backyard, enjoying the company of one another. What is the most appealing part of your neighborhood? Jim: The people. Of the other four St. Johns County areas I have lived in, this one is the friendliest, quietest, and a true community of people. Patty: I agree. I have never lived in an area where I knew so many neighbors from blocks around us, not just our street. There is a diversity in the homes and the people. It’s not fancy. It's friendly.

Owners: Jim and Patty Springfield Size: 1100 sq. ft. Amenities: 1 bed, 1 bath, 3 porches Features: Screened porch, giving garden, art room, open living area Year Built: 1999 Original Architect: Les Thomas Original Builder: Jim Vose

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" I love the quietness and big trees, and the critters that live around here and visit our yard and garden."


When it comes to the flowers growing in her garden, Patty's motto is, "The more that they are cut, the more they bloom. " Patty is known for setting up a giving table at the front of her yard, housing vases of freshly cut flowers for the taking.


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How would you best describe the environment you seek to create within your home: Jim: A cabin in the Woods. Patty: Welcoming. Restful. Inspiring. What makes your home your sanctuary? Jim: For me, it is the space we have away from the road and the wooded backyard creating a sense of privacy. There is a feeling of being in the country, yet we can ride our bikes downtown. Patty: This home is comfortable. It has a simple efficiency. I love the quietness and big trees, and the critters that live around here and visit our yard and garden. All kinds of birds, come and go. Turtles, snakes, raccoons, opossum, armadillo and of course squirrels. What's the story behind the bookshelves in the living room? Patty: I found the columns years ago at an estate sale. The shelves were built by woodworker, Vito Araunno. I asked Vito to make it all one unit so that it looked like the shelves were free-standing on the columns. He did a fantastic job. It is so unique and a favorite piece for sure.

The music wall is home to a collection of stringed instruments including Patty's ukulele and Jim's guitars. The duo plays together around town frequently and is part of a full band by the name of Hogtown Creek, which includes Jim's brothers. Jim built this table using reclaimed wood from Lincolnville.

Custom ceramic plates were created by local potter Mandy Dexheimer, made in her Lincolnville Studio.

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Overlooking their lush, wooded backyard, the screened porch acts as a serene escape, and is a great place to listen to rain during summer storms. Patty and Jim spend ample time here relaxing on the swinging bench Jim constructed.

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With the help of a skylight, Patty's art room is brilliantly illuminated.

The doors leading from the main living area into Patty's art room were found at an antique store east of Orlando. The space was built around the doors.


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Where'd They Get That? Headboard: Patty found the old door on Hildreth years ago, waiting to be taken with the trash. She painted it and Jim reconstructed it to present condition to fit the bed.

Workshop & Screened Porch: Cathy Duncan, Architect, designed Jim's workshop and the back porch. The shop (2010) and porch (2011) were built by Brandon Construction.

Wood for the Screened Porch: Florida Cypress in Jacksonville

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While at home, where do you spend most of your time and why? Jim: I see this house as an extra large “Tiny House.” We live in every room. There is one spot by the dining room where one can see every room in the house. In most homes there are rooms that are used infrequently. It always seemed a bit wasteful. But to answer the question, the porch swing, because it is rustic and restful. Patty: We really do live in every inch of this home. When I am not outside, playing in the yard or the garden, I spend most of my time between the kitchen art room and the porch. “Meet you on the porch," is often heard here several times a day. What was the inspiration for the giving garden? Patty: My mother instilled in me, the love of gardening. That is where it all began. When I moved here, the giving garden began as a way to express gratitude for so much, and a desire to share. Friends and neighbors help, by saving small bottles or jars for me to use. During the warm seasons, I could not possibly have all of the flowers in my house. It makes sense to give them away. The more that they are cut, the more they bloom. You never know who might need a flower. Why not just put them out there for the taking? Grow and give. 

Patty and Jim share their home with a very special bright-eyed feline. Her name is My Girl (age 19).

Jim received this medal for his winning horse shoe skills. For this particular competition, the horse shoe he threw was actually a toilet seat. Appropriately enough, his medal is on display in their guest bathroom.

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Grace Weed, 7th grader at Sebastian Middle School, is a former competitive gymnast and longtime swimmer turned synchronized swimmer. She is part of a National Championship Team, the Flagler County Synchro Belles. Although she’s been on the YMCA swim team since age five, Grace has only been a synchronized swimmer for two years. Not only does synchro take dedicated focus and hours of training, it takes enormous strength to never touch the bottom of the pool during a routine. It also takes teamwork to be in the right spot at the right time to execute lifts and throws. Grace has the whole package—grace, skill and heart for the sport. What inspired you to begin synchronized swimming? It was a sport I had never really heard of before and I saw the water show the Synchro Belles put on each June. I thought it was beautiful and saw where my gymnastics

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would really work with my swimming skills. How many hours do you spend swimming each week? While training for Junior Olympics we were averaging 35 hours or more each week. During the year I swim 15 or more hours a week. Most exciting moment you’ve experienced at a competition: Going on deck to start my routine at the National Competition last year in Seattle, WA. What do you love most about being in the pool? I like the way I feel when I swim. I feel in control of all I do. Favorite move in synchronized swimming: I like hybrids. A hybrid is a bunch of leg movements performed while I am underwater, but my legs are on top during a routine.

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In 2013 Grace earned female age group 9-10 High Point Champion at the YMCA Swim Finals. In her first year swimming with the Synchro Belles her trio placed 14th in the nation. Grace received the Gold Medal at the 2015 Sunshine State Games for duet in her age group.

Most difficult part of synchronized swimming: There are lots of difficult parts! Holding my breath for 1 and ½ laps is pretty hard. Goals and dreams for synchronized swimming: I would like to continue with synchronized swimming and possibly get a scholarship to swim synchro or speed swimming in college. What advice or encouragement would you offer to fellow young athletes? Don’t ever give up! It takes you away from your friends and family sometimes because you must practice. If you have a dream and you love what you are doing you must stay with it.


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DANI GWIAZDA Dani Gwiazda has turned her desire to spread the love of learning into a progressive, eco-friendly early learning center. Now with two locations, Island Prep is a sought after alternative for local families, and is a dream realized for Gwiazda.

At the heart of teaching is watching children read and light up when they sound out a word. It's the most amazing thing in the entire world.

By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell Gwiazda always knew she wanted to work with children. This desire brought her from her Louisville, KY home, to Flagler College, where she earned degrees in Education and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Upon her 2005 graduation, Gwiazda was hired into Flagler County, beginning her seven year kindergarten journey. “I had 25 kindergarteners by myself the first day of school,” she said. Midway through, she put her secondary degree in ESE to use in an inclusion classroom, practicing differentiated instruction. Over time, she began looking at the direction education was going, specifically the increase in rigor and assessments. She found herself instructing kindergarteners how to fill in bubbles on a scantron test. One day, Gwiazda was leading a “When I

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grow up, I want to be...” exercise. When it was her turn, before she could finish her sentence, a student interrupted her. “No no no, Mrs. Gwiazda, you’re a teacher,” he said. “You can’t be anything else.” This comment sparked her to look inward, and ignited a longing within, to take a different path in education to return to the heart of teaching. “At the heart of teaching, is watching children read and light up when they sound out a word. It’s the most amazing thing in the entire world,” she said. EARLY-CHILDOOD ALTERNATIVE The idea for Island Prep was born before Gwiazda was pregnant with her daughter Lola. The direction quickly shifted from prepping four year olds for kindergarten to asking, “What about the young children? We need to make sure we have a great place for them as well.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

August 2011, Island Prep opened on Anastasia Island with four classes, from one year through VPK. Lola was her youngest student. A year later, they added more classes, a playground, and garden. Each year Island Prep has grown and as of Spring 2015, has expanded into a new second space that is home to VPK, and a kindergarten addition. Island Prep has around 250 children between the two schools, including Lola, who will be going into the new kindergarten class, and Gwiazda's son Milo, age 2. From day one, Gwiazda has received support from her husband, her mother, who came on board to serve as Dani’s office manager, and friends who trust her with their children’s care.


“WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION AND YOUR CHILDREN AND PARENTING, WE ARE ALL JUST TRYING TO PROVIDE THE BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN."

“When it comes to education and your children and parenting, we are all just trying to provide the best for our children. Everything we do is the best choice we can make and the best we can provide for each child," she said. A LOOK INSIDE As you step through the doors of Island Prep, you’ll notice the warm environment, cool lighting, and a calming presence. TVs have been traded in for activities including morning yoga, Spanish, sign language, zumba, and martial arts. Smartboards and other interactive learning tools are in place. The activities and amenities here aren’t merely frills, but mindful decisions. You won’t find behavior charts or competitive rankings. Instead it’s all about community and teamwork. Rather than a timeout, Island Prep focuses on positive reinforcement. They have an “all by myself” space for selfregulation. “When we do have challenging behaviors I love to find out what makes that child tick. I am always looking to ways to adapt and change environments," said Gwiazda. The curriculum is a hybrid blend, including Montessori philosophies, making sure the needs of every single student are met, rather than determining a child’s learning level by birthdate. Classroom instruction includes time for self-reflection. “There are open centers and movement throughout the classroom based

on what the kids want to learn about.” While Dani is the leader, she acknowledges her teaching staff as instrumental puzzle pieces. “As a teacher, you have to love to learn and learn to grow so that’s something that’s really important. I’m all about change and adding to the program,” said Gwiazda. Adding the new school has allowed Island Prep to create more of a boutique school at the original location, home to the younger students beginning at 10 months. It means they can have an even lower child to teacher ratio. “They’re children they’re not sardines. Just because a state says you can have a certain capacity doesn’t mean you have to fill it up until it’s busting,” she said. MINDFUL FOCUS As a green certified operation, bleach is banned and is replaced with eco-friendly alternatives. Essential oils diffuse through the air. Kids fill their water bottles at a filling station. Island prep is entirely shoe free, to eliminating germs being tracked in from the outside. It’s a progressive environment, not

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to be trendy, but for health and safety of every child. For Gwiazda, everything is worth the investment. She doesn’t cut corners or compromise her philosophy for a cheaper option. Ultimately she manages Island Prep as an enriching service for the community. “My husband and I have never manned this as a business. It’s always been: How do we keep improving? What else do we incorporate to make our school successful? How do we give back? I never want to think we’ve hit our best…” said Gwiazda. One way of continuing to give back is expansion. For this fall it’s the addition of two kindergarten classes with a max of sixteen students each. “Every year I’m going to see what the demand is and if the parents want it I'm going to add it,” said Gwiazda. Her mantra is, “If we’re ready for it, why not?”

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Their strength is in creative collaboration, with multiple projects ongoing at any given point in time. This means life never gets boring and their daughters remain constantly entertained. .Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Charettes. Emily and Jeff met swing dancing and continue to swing their hearts out whenever they get the chance. As entrepreneurs who rely on their creativity and resourcefulness to make a living, the duo has become an integral part of the community culture that originally drew them here to St. Augustine. Together, these self-starters own and operate multidisciplinary design firm We Are Charette (est. 2009). They are also the brains behind a restaurant technology startup, MenuAt. While on the homefront The Charette Family in their Fullerwood neighborhood, pictured: Jeff (Dad) 36, the Charettes take full advantage of Emily (Mom) 32, Eleanor 6 their backyard, featuring a slackline, and June 3 fire pit, and hammock. When out and about, you’ll find them curating their own original local fun.

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Favorite Family Restaurant... with the view from our office in the Treasury Building, and walking down King to Flagler. Barley Republic is one of our faves. The food is amazing and they have great kid We like to show people the entrance at the food; and the brunch is unbeatable. Plus Ponce De Leon. It's so impressive and so there's outdoor seating and good live unexpected. I still feel wowed music. It always feels festive there, like there, even after seeing it we're there to celebrate something; and I over and over. think the girls sense it too. On a rainy day you'll find us at... We live

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On the weekends, we like to go play disc golf out on 207, or ride the bike trails out there.

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My special tradition with my girls is Cupcake Friday and we almost never miss it! We always go to Luli's because the peanut butter frosting tastes exactly like my mom's peanut butter fudge and I nearly die of happiness every time.


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“THE LONG HOURS, DEDICATED TRAINING, COUNTLESS PRACTICES, NEVER-ENDING VIDEO REPLAYS AND ENDLESS MEETINGS ARE ALL WORTH IT WHEN YOU CONSIDER YOU ARE HELPING TO SHAPE A KID’S FUTURE.”

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JOEY WILES Nearing the 20 year mark as head coach of St. Augustine High School football team, Joey Wiles has witnessed the success that comes from hard work and dedication, on and off the field. By Lindsay Larin | Photography by Rob Futrell Working alongside a solid coaching staff, Joey Wiles has led the high school team to seven State Final Four game appearances, racked up a total of 47 straight district wins, and a 2005 State Football Championship win. When he isn’t on the field, he’s in the classroom, where he teaches anatomy courses and weight lifting. He has also served in volunteer positions as FACA State Football Chairman and President, was named Coach of the Year by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a total of 232 wins as head coach under his belt. He believes in always giving your best and giving back. In his many roles, he strives

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to lead by example on the field, in the classroom and out in the community.

teaching five anatomy classes and two weight lifting courses.

PREP BEFORE THE PLAY High school football is a year-round commitment, from both the coaches and the players. “A lot more goes into the game than just hitting the field every Friday night,” Wiles said. The official season starts in August with a Kick-Off Classic game and continues through to November. Between the early morning meetings, daily practices and game nights, those four months result in a full six-day-a-week schedule with little down time. Wiles and his coaching staff spend countless hours reviewing video clips from after-school practices during the week and take notes on key plays and areas that need tuning up. They then meet with the players in the early morning before the school day starts to go over their notes and make sure they are all on the same page.

One of the biggest lessons he has learned during his nearly two decades of coaching for St. Augustine has been how to best manage his time. On top of coaching and teaching, Wiles is also a dedicated father and husband, celebrating 33 years of marriage. “I have been so lucky to have the love and support of my family over the years. As busy and hectic as the football schedule can be, it’s important to try to keep a balance. I try to emphasize that to my coaching staff and my players about life in general. Put in hard work and find balance. Those are the two key things to help you achieve your goals,” he said.

HITTING THE BOOKS Following the early morning meeting, the players hit the books and Wiles steps into his other role at the head of the classroom,

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PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE Every single day Wiles and his staff reference a script during practice, which is a card that shows an opposing team’s strengths so they know what drills and plays to run leading up to a game. These scripts include the big plays, the defense, the blitz, coverage and comments from Wiles. “We put in way more time preparing


“PUT IN HARD WORK AND FIND BALANCE. THOSE ARE THE TWO KEY THINGS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.”

for practice than the length of time the players are actually on the field, which is what 99 percent of the population doesn’t see. They think we just show up and wing it,” he said with a laugh. “The staff meets every day during the week to either prep or review, and on Saturdays we work together to analyze our upcoming opponents.” GAME NIGHT The St. Augustine High School football team is no stranger to big wins. They pull in an average of 10 wins a season. Wiles and his staff work hard to build a strong team camaraderie and passion for the game that is reflected in the community support for the team. “I want our community to be proud of the product that we put on the field come game day. I want them to wear St. Augustine High School football shirts and our school colors and take pride in our hometown team. These kids work so hard, its good to hear the cheering coming from packed stands on Friday night,” he said. YEAR-ROUND ACTION Following the excitement of the official season, the coaches and players take a few weeks off in December and then get back to

“We put in way more time preparing for practice than the length of time the players are actually on the field, which is what 99 percent of the population doesn't see. They think we just show up and wing it."

work with weight lifting classes and spring practices, leading into summer workouts and outdoor training for the upcoming season. “It takes a lot of dedication, commitment and sacrifice on the part of the players, coaches and staff,” Wiles explained. On top of managing the coaching staff and team, Wiles also works alongside the Booster Club to raise funds and community support. And he handles any behavioral or academic issues his players may be struggling with. If a player is falling behind in one of his classes, Wiles will work with the teacher to make sure he is getting extra help if needed or will take the appropriate steps to help the player get signed up for summer school to make up

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the credits. He also takes an active role in each player’s future. Along with his staff, each player is encouraged to create a website page that features stats, records, GPA and highlight film for college recruiters to view. ALL ABOUT THE KIDS At the end of the day, Wiles says it all comes down to the kids. “The long hours, dedicated training, countless practices, never-ending video replays and endless meetings are all worth it when you consider you are helping to shape a kid’s future,” he said. “We have really great kids. More than anything, they are why I do this.”

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Blake will not have to face continuous open heart surgeries. That people will realize that even though Blake "looks" healthy, he's not! That funding and research can help lead to a long and healthy (as much as possible) life for Blake and those like him,” said Angela.

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THE HUNTER FAMILY

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and stabilize his heart as he grows. He will see a congenital cardiologist his whole life. “Although 1 in 100 babies are born with a defect, and CHD is the leading cause of all infants deaths in the U.S., awareness and funding remain low,” said Angela. “Children like Blake don't wear their illness on the outside, so people often don't realize how sick these kids (or adults) really are."

Blake is the son of lifelong St. Augustine residents, Angela and Jody Hunter. Days after Blake was born at Flagler Hospital, he was diagnosed with truncus arteriosus type III, then transferred to the NICU of Wolfsons in Downtown Jacksonville, where he spent the first two months of his life. In his first two years, he’s had two open heart surgeries, and two heart catheterizations. Since he’s missing a main artery, Blake has an artificial artery/conduit, which he will have surgically replaced throughout his life, along with interventions to monitor

BLAKE IS WHY Jody and Angela have shifted from a unsettling diagnosis, to advocacy. They’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association, and are sharing Blake’s story as a way of helping raise awareness, funding, and support for other families. This fall, look for Blake’s face throughout the region as he has been selected as the face of the First Coast Heart Walk taking place in Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park on Sept. 19th. “I'm hopeful that research can develop a conduit that will grow and that

At 20 months, Blake is your typical, active toddler. He swings, socializes, dances, and plays. He also lives with Congenital Heart Disease.

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Join #TeamBlake at the upcoming Heart Walk Taking Place September 19th. Learn more about Blake and the event by visiting firstcoastheartwalk.org.

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“The more awareness, the more funding is raised, the more research for better treatments,” added Jody. Although the Hunters received widespread support in the early days of Blake’s life they realize not all are as fortunate. Their hope is through their outreach and advocacy, they can help build support for other families who have children dealing with chronic conditions. When Blake isn't campaigning, Angela and Jody try to give Blake as much interaction as possible, while watching out for him, and trying not to spoil him. “He's faced so much at such a young age. We almost lost him a few times, so we probably give in more than we should,” said Angela. “We try not to live in the past or the future. We try to live in the moment, which means if Blake wants a cookie at 9 am, he gets one.” Blake continues to inspire Angela and Jody with his happiness and love for life, and everyone he comes in contact with. “We always talk to people that say things like "I started to feel bad about... But then I thought about Blake and all he's been though and, well, it's not as big of a deal now."


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I have equipped my office with the most state of the art equipment to better treat my patients more efficiently, effectively and with as little discomfort as possible.

ADVANCED PERIODONTICS Dr. Stephen Strout, DMD, MS EDUCATION: University of Florida Bachelors in Microbiology, University of Florida College of Dentistry Degree 2001, Masters in Science with Specialty Certification in Periodontics and Implant surgery University of Florida 2004 YEARS PRACTICING: 11

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Tell us about your practice... I am a Board Certified Periodontist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease, the surgical placement of dental implants and I frequently perform dental extractions and the removal of wisdom teeth.  Not all Periodontists are Board Certified in our specialty as it requires additional vigorous testing and additional continuing education to keep the certification.  In addition, I had extensive education and training in the surgical placement of dental implants during my three year surgical residency at The University of Florida. What distinguishes you from others in your field? I have chosen to accept many different insurance programs, when most dental specialists do not sign up on these plans. 

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Dentistry is a big investment for most of my patients and I feel that being a participating provider for these insurance plans takes some of the stress off of my patients financially. Secondly, I have a strict policy in my office that if a patient calls and is in pain or distress my staff is to get them in to see me ASAP, no exceptions!  Linda in my office prides herself in her ability to "work patients into" the schedule.  She gets compliments and praise from our patients almost on a daily basis.  And finally, I really try to be sure that my patients are comfortable with what I am recommending.  I will take extra time or do additional consults with my patients to be sure they are as comfortable as possible with what I am recommending.  Many patients have a strong fear of the dentist and I hope to calm or even eliminate these fears as often as possible.

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FACIAL REJUVENATION CENTRE Dr. Deirdre Leake EDUCATION: The University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center , Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan YEARS PRACTICING: 12

Tell us about your practice... My practice consists of a combination of ENT and Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures including skin cancer reconstruction. I believe in customized patient care focused on natural looking results. I do not believe in a “one size fits all approach.� My staff and I are focused on skin care and skin health. We provide a professional, caring environment for patients to voice their concerns and we meet their needs. What distinguishes you from others in your field? I provide honest recommendations to my patients. I educate on which procedures will lead them to their goals and provide the best result. I believe that this builds trust between me and my patients.

My practice consists of a combination of ENT and surgical and nonsurgical Cosmetic procedures including skin cancer reconstruction.

How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? I set realistic expectations for procedure outcomes and maintenance. I offer many different tools to treat the concerns of my patients and have great attention to detail. I enjoy getting to know my patients and delight in being able to achieve their goals. What is your own personal key to success? Staying focused on how I can make a difference in the life of my patients by listening to my patients and by being available. I pride myself on taking care of my patients as if they were family.

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PALENCIA DENTAL Dr. Stephanie Kinsey, DDS EDUCATION: University of Colorado Health & Sciences Center in Denver YEARS PRACTICING: 20

Tell us about your practice... Dr. Stephanie Kinsey specializes in Neuromuscular Dentistry and has just finished a course at the Center for Occlusal Studies TMD/Occlusion 2015, as well as attending the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies for Comprehensive Aesthetics. Our practice is probably not like any dental practice you’ve ever visited. What distinguishes you from others in your field?  In addition to incorporating cutting edge technology & restorative techniques, Palencia Dental is a patient centered, comprehensive care practice that gives patients thorough assessments & recommendations based on their individual needs & wants. Additionally, Palencia Dental strives to deliver optimal treatment by communicating with patients to deliver gentle & caring service. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? We strive to treat all of our patients with the highest level of respect, in a non-judgmental environment. When a patient has dental health issues we strive to make all patients feel right at home with us- from phone call to treatment visits, and to have all treatment completed in a timely manner and with as minimal discomfort as possible. Our goal is for all treatments to be driven and guided for benefit of the patient and not for benefit of an insurance company and for the dental office to file all paperwork and explain all dental benefits to patient. Also, we offer and have access to the best materials, laboratories, technology and techniques available in dentistry today.

(904) 826-4343 159 Palencia Village Drive Suite 107 www.palenciadental.com

Palencia Dental is a patient centered, comprehensive care practice that gives patients thorough assessments & recommendations based on their individual needs & wants.

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Endodontist

Our office incorporates all of the latest technology synergistically with patient care to help in the diagnosis and treatment of their dental infections.

THE ART OF ENDODONTICS Robert R. Thousand, III, DDS EDUCATION: University of Florida Creighton University for Dental Degree University of Southern California for Endodontic Specialty Residency YEARS PRACTICING: 16

(904) 797-9044 10 St. Johns Medical Park Suite C www.Dr1000endo.com

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Tell us about your practice....I am an Endodontist, which is a dental specialist that limits their practice to root canal therapy and surgical intervention of dental infections. We treat patients with oral infections that are caused by dental decay, cracked teeth and dental trauma. What is your own personal key to success? I think having the ability to change a patient’s medical situation by treating an acute dental infection within an hour of a treatment appointment has a profound effect on the patient’s view of our dental practice. What distinguishes you from others in your field? Our office attempts to incorporate all of the latest technology synergistically with patient care to help in the diagnosis and

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treatment of their dental infections. One example is the incorporation of the Vibe electronic injection device that reduces patient discomfort during dental injections. Incorporating the latest dental technology into our dental treatments reduces the treatment times, patient stress, and increases our treatment’s long-term success. How do you delivery exceptional care for your patients? One of the recent advances to our care is the addition of a 3-Dimensional Scanner that allow us to create a 3D computer Image of our patient’s teeth and jaw bone, very similar to a CT you get in the hospital. This allows us to diagnosis and treat oral infections that in the past were difficult to identify with normal dental x-rays.


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We believe that a visit to the doctor can be a relaxing experience. At Coastal, we provide contemporary podiatric care in a med-spa environment.

COASTAL FOOT AND ANKLE WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Richard Johnson, DPM Dr. Jose’ Concha, DPM EDUCATION: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine YEARS PRACTICING: 17

(904) 826-1900 200 Southpark Blvd, Suite 208 www.cfawc.com

Tell us about your practice…. We are dedicated to health and wellness of the lower extremity. We treat everything from geriatric foot care and diabetes, to sports injuries, to common problems such as ingrown and fungal toenails and athlete’s foot. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? We have an excellent, dedicated and caring staff who believe in and support our efforts in delivering the highest quality of foot and ankle care available. We listen to our patients before we implement a treatment plan. Years of experience has taught us that if we do not listen to our patients we may not be able to provide a proper diagnosis for their condition and therefore our treatment plan may not work.

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What is the key to your success? The key to success, we have found over the years in practice, is to stay current about standards of medical and surgical care. It’s also important to relate with the patient’s own personal medical situation in order to foster a team approach to help the patient return to a normal, active lifestyle. What distinguishes you from others in your field? We are proactive and dedicated to focusing on prevention and wellness of the foot, ankle and leg. Our staff. Patient care is not just from the doctor, it’s a team approach and we feel that our practice combines the qualities and capacity to provide the best care for patients.

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FIRST COAST HEART AND VASCULAR Dr. Vincent Caracciolo EDUCATION: Clarkson University, Saint George’s University School of Medicine, Yale University Norwalk Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital Cardiovascular Fellowship YEARS PRACTICING: 16 Tell us about your practice... We have a very active outpatient practice where we perform a vast array of cardiovascular diagnostic procedures and clinical medicine within the office. My partners and I are able to provide cutting edge cardiovascular care in the field of cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and endovascular medicine. I spend my days splitting time between the office and hospital taking care of patients both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. I am involved in every aspect of the care before, during and after procedures. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? In our practice, delivering an exceptional care is a team approach. From our front desk, to our technologists, to our medical assistants. We all have to have the same mission and we all want our patients to do well. I strive everyday to have our entire team take care of our patients- from beginning to end- whether in person, or on the telephone. In addition we are a practice where we are able to provide the entire gamut of cardiovascular medicine from general cardiology, clinical medicine, hospital-based care, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, endovascular medicine, to simple and complex procedures.

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What is your own personal key to success? To keep it simple and stay true to my oath in medicine. Understanding that my patients are often scared, vulnerable as well as ill, and doing my very best to help them navigate these very difficult situations while maintaining clear communication throughout the entire process.

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DENTISTRY BY DESIGN Dr. Bert Tavary EDUCATION: University of Florida, Emory University Dental School YEARS PRACTICING: 35 Tell us about your practice... Dr Tavary practices Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in a modern office that utilizes the latest technology in dentistry. He feels his fantastic staff, with their professional and personal relationship to their patients is “The Key” to the success he has enjoyed throughout his career here in St. Augustine. Dr. Tavary graduated from the University of Florida and Emory University School of Dentistry and began practicing dentistry in 1980. Dr. Tavary has lived in St. Augustine for 35 years and this has become his adopted hometown. Dr. Tavary is a member of St. Augustine Dental Society, and The American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He volunteers at The Wildflower Clinic and is a member of The Sunrise Rotary. Dr. Tavary volunteers his time at several other worthwhile charities in St. Augustine. When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor? In high school, when a local dentist in my hometown visited our chemistry class and told us all the ways he helps people in our community. What distinguishes you from others in your field? The commitment, and passion for delivering the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable environment and team members that share this commitment with me. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? By building trust based relationships with my patients and by customizing individual dental care for each patient. What keeps you inspired? I’m inspired by knowing that what I do really makes a difference in my patient’s lives. A smile is the most effective form of communication!

We practice Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in a modern office that utilizes the latest technology in dentistry.

(904) 824-3540 700 Anastasia Blvd.

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THRIVE CHIROPRACTIC

NUTRITION & YOGA

Jon and Kristi Barnewolt, DC EDUCATION: Palmer College of Chiropractic YEARS PRACTICING: 4 Tell us about your practice... Thrive Chiropractic, Nutrition & Yoga provides patients and clients with an optimal wellness experience centered on expression of the full potential residing within each person. We are a husband and wife, two-doctor team, each with unique skill sets and backgrounds, but with a common goal of spreading health and wellness. What distinguishes from others in your field? Our combination of three essentials of wellness:  chiropractic, nutrition, & yoga, allows us to bring patients to an optimal level of health. Our beautiful new facility was designed to inspire a sense of calm and well-being. We are also blessed to practice in a city that boasts a wealth of qualified health professionals in every field, and we are happy to work alongside them with a team approach, to deliver the most complete care. Most challenging part of day:   We see patients of all ages so every case is different. My youngest patient was a newborn, and my oldest was 96. I made a vow to treat every patient the same as I would my own mother. Every health concern that I am asked for help with is my greatest challenge.

Our combination of three essentials of wellness: chiropractic, nutrition, and yoga, allows us to bring patients to an optimal level of health.

How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? We do everything in our power to honor the trust our patients have in us. Our vision is to provide a center where patients come to have any interference with the selfhealing power that flows through their nervous systems removed, and their bodies strengthened through better nutrition, mindful movement and meditation through yoga practice. When faced with a problem we are unfamiliar with, we will find the answer, or find someone who can.

(904) 615-1319 193 San Marco Avenue www.thrivefl.com

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thought the space was a little overcrowded. After repeatedly driving by an open space for lease off US 1, they finally stopped in. “I was hesitant at first because I wanted to find a location that would be convenient for customers, but I finally came down to check out this space and it grew on me,” Hishmeh said. “It took a couple weeks to hammer out the lease. The gamble paid off. We get great traffic through here and lunchtime is always slammed.” As for the menu, they wanted to create something special and different. “We didn’t want to blend in with other sandwich shops,” Hishmeh explained. “We do things different.” Hishmeh was referring to their emphasis on using only fresh ingredients, such as homemade sauces and spreads, slow roasted meat and fresh bread delivered daily from Georgia. To ensure quality, Ihrig brings more than 30 years of professional experience to the stove. “Jesse has always been in the kitchen. He’s a master. It’s his playland and it’s best to let him work his magic,” joked Hishmeh.

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For Joe Hishmeh and Jesse Ihrig, co-owners of Cheezees Grill, their fresh take on a grab-and-go American favorite is a blend of inspiration and ingredients Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, this small sandwich shop is located on Santa Maria Boulevard, just off US 1. Stepping into the role of restaurant owner was a little about timing and a lot about chance. Following a divorce in the late 90s, Hishmeh began searching for a new career venture and fell back on his love

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of cooking and food. He opened his first café in South Florida before moving on to Cape Coral, where he opened a new spot called Joe’s Big Bite. It wasn’t long before the economy took a hit and Hishmeh had to close shop. It was during this time fate stepped in and Hishmeh’s ex-wife met her future husband. His name was Jesse Ihrig. He worked as a kitchen manager and together they moved to St. Augustine for a change of pace. With the closure of Hishmeh’s restaurant, he too decided to move to St. Augustine, and began brainstorming a new idea for a local restaurant with Ihrig. They started with the idea of creating a deli that served homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and then expanded upon this vision. Hishmeh and Ihrig immediately began researching locations. They looked near downtown, but www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Popular menu items include The Back It Up Reuben, made with homemade corned beef, aged Swiss cheese and homemade sauerkraut and Joe’s Big Bite BLT, hand oven bacon, with lettuce, tomato and mayo, served on thick white bread. Another hot item is The Mr. Raulerson Turkey Sandwich, named after a local Science teacher from Gamble Rogers Middle School. “We take these original sandwiches and add a lot of flavor and freshness to each bite,” said Hishmeh. Sandwiches aside, ultimately, it’s the community that keeps Cheezees going strong, and makes Hishmeh feel at home. “I like knowing my customers by name and seeing their smiling faces each day, said Hismeh. “It’s the reason we put so much thought and care into what we serve.” 918 Santa Maria Blvd., www.cheezeesgrill.com


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JESSIE LANE THE ICE PLANT Come in, take a seat, get comfortalbe and have a drink with The Ice Plant's Jessie Lane. Photography by Brian Miller Bartending Since: I've slung a lot of beer and wine, but this is my first time tending bar on this level. Bartending at Ice Plant since: I was one of the first employees. I started out serving tables, then a month later started my apprenticeship behind the bar. What are you best known for behind the bar? I really enjoy using seasonal fruits in my cocktails, so I'd say I'm best known for summery farm stand sippers.

I've learned a craft here that has, over past years, returned to a dignified profession. I make something with my hands and get to watch people enjoy and appreciate it. The Ice Plant supplies me with all the ingredients, tools and freedoms to be creative and educated in this field.

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Part of your job that keeps you coming back night after night? Well if you can't tell... I'm very proud of this bar. It is more than just a job. I've learned a craft here that has, over past years, returned to a dignified profession. I make something with my hands and get to watch people enjoy and appreciate it. The Ice Plant supplies me with all the ingredients,

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FOOD TRUCKS

No longer are food trucks scarce entities in the oldest city. Some have found permanent dwelling spaces, while others remain on the go. They all have one thing in common—they are serving up delicious, original eats in a non-traditional format. By Meaghan Alvarado

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Locations: Posted daily on Facebook. Hours: Weekdays Vary, Saturday-Sunday: 11 am -5 pm Owners: Benk and Miles Dagevos THE VIBE: With two out of three of their regular locations situated by the water, Sporks has a laid back environment with a casual, island vibe. Salty air and an ocean breeze are definite mood boosters while waiting for your order.

THE VIBE: As you can gather from the company name, Tropi-Cali has a Caribbean vibe with a California feel. The fiery colored tables and walls are complementary to their tantalizing dishes. Co-owner Troy puts it as “reggae meets Cali with flavors in every bite.”

SECRET SAUCE: If you’re feeling daring, Sporks is one of the few St. Augustine retailers of the well-known Costa Rican Lizano Sauce. Lizano is a spicy vegetable sauce that can be used instead of ketchup; it’s amazing on fish or rice and beans.

SECRET SAUCE: If you’re looking for a variety of sauces you will find it at Tropi-Cali Food Truck. Their hot sauce bar is loaded with an assortment of flavors from St. Augustine’s local Dat’l Do-it hot sauce company.

THE OWNERS: The father-son duo, Benk and Miles Dagevos, have resided in St. Augustine Beach since 1995 and love our quaint waterfront town. Benk’s 30 years of restaurant ownership, combined with Miles’ culinary experience make them a capable pair. You may recognize Benk as the previous owner of FA Café.

THE OWNERS: Troy Blevins has his hands in real estate, consulting, entertainment, radio, and the restaurant business. He’s the president of two local charities, Project Autism and Home Again, and saves his free time for his family and an occasional volleyball match. Co-owner and chef Rick Prady cooks up Tropi-Cali's eats alongside his son Rick Prady, Jr.

THE DISH: Bacon Mac and Cheese. Miles makes over 60 pounds of this cheesy goodness each week. With a constantly changing menu, you can be sure whatever you order will be fresh. Sporks gets their fish daily from The Seafood Shoppe — it doesn’t get much fresher than that, unless you reel in a big one yourself! If you aren’t one for seafood, their sliders are always a hit too.

THE DISH: With burritos, tacos, bowls, fruit and salad emblazoned on the exterior of the food truck, it’s no surprise that their most popular dishes are the Don't be a Jerk Chicken Rice Bowl, and the fruit platter. Both are served fresh, and the Don't be a Jerk Chicken Rice Bowl has a flavorful kick of spices to make you feel like you’re by the shores of Jamaica.

PERFECT FOR: Grabbing an affordable, fresh, homemade meal on your lunch break, before heading out with your family for a day at the beach, or a ride on the boat. The Dagevos pride themselves in making “fancy comfort food” at a fair price. While many food trucks have a higher price point, meals at Sporks are only $8 and include a side.

PERFECT FOR: With an air-conditioned eating space, Tropi-Cali is the perfect lunch break spot. No worries about sweating in the 90-degree summer heat or eating in your car. Order at the truck’s window and enjoy your meal in the cool A/C.

PARKING: You’ll find a handful of spots around Sporks Food Truck regardless of where they are parked for the day. The Whetstone and Marineland locations offer a few extras though.

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TROPI-CALI

Location: 246 San Marco Avenue (next to Old City Tire) Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm Owners: Troy Blevins and Rick Prady

PARKING: With their own parking lot you should have no trouble finding a spot. However, if their lot is full, there are parallel parking spots out front on San Marco Avenue that can be used for overflow.

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CAP'S EXPRESS

What began as a prep kitchen for Caps on the Water is now a bustling lunch spot with a personality of its own. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

Cap’s Express originally began as a sort of “prep kitchen” for notable St. Augustine eatery Cap’s On The Water. In September 2014, the viability of the location as a lunch venue became obvious. That’s when General Manager Cameron Farrell, along with his wife Lisa, opened shop. The menu at Cap’s Express is focused on generally lighter fare that’s easy on the wallet. Sandwiches start at $7 for the grilled cheese (no boring grilled cheese here) and go up to $12 for the Cap’s Crab Cake Melt. Salads are $9, and all side dishes and fountain drinks are only $1. Cap’s Express also has a breakfast menu, consisting of breakfast sandwiches and pitas, all priced at

Location: 525 SR-16 (Westgate

Shopping Plaza) Claim to Fame: Shared ownership with Cap's on the Water Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-2:30 pm

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$7. And, if you’re there between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., your morning coffee is free with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich. Head Chef David Garcia, with the assistance of Tim Scheib and Jake Goetsch, expertly prepare every meal from fresh ingredients, and every bite of every dish is mouthwateringly delicious. The food is tasty, the prices are easy on your wallet, and their containers are good for the environment. It’s a veritable trifecta of “win”. Next time you find yourself out and about, hungry and on a schedule, stop by Cap’s Express and treat yourself to a quick lunch that tastes anything but quick.

Fare: Fresh sandwiches and salads Favorites on the Menu: Shecrab Soup, Philly Express, Garlic Mushroom Cheese Details: www.capsexpress.net

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Thai Dye Pizza Olive oil & garlic base, all natural grilled curry chicken, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, onions. Topped with fresh basil, cucumbers & a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce. Kosmic Karma Pizza Red Sauce base pizza with Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Feta, Roma Tomatoes and a Pesto swirl Chicken and Cheese Calzone Grilled Chicken, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, and Mozzarella Cheese. Mushroom Club Hoagie Ham, Turkey, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Provolone, Caramelized Onions and Grilled Mushrooms. Enlightened Spinach Salad Fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, homemade candied pecans and feta cheese.

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Fish Pesada Parmesan crusted fresh filet served with garlic butter. Spanakopita Spinach, onions and feta cheese seasoned with resh dill and baked in a flaky phyllo crust. Veal Parmesan A breaded veal cutlet topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, served with a side of spaghetti wtih meat sauce. Captain's Delight Three stuffed shrimp, a stuffed mushroom, broiled flounder, scallops and a deviled crab.

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Shorter more refined menus, with an atmosphere and service worthy of formal attire although not required. Costa Brava When you first enter Costa Brava, you can’t help but notice the lavish antiques, silk textures and hand-painted gold leaf ceilings. You are surrounded by artful décor, then you discover the Mediterranean influenced cuisine is also celebrated as an art form of its own. Delicious.

95 Cordova Street (904) 810-6810 Cellar 6

St. Augustine's premier Wine and Martini Bar. Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, Cellar 6 is a full service restaurant featuring a fresh and new dinner menu composed of popular urban cuisine dishes as well as weekly dinner specials. Offering a wide selection of wines by the bottle and glass, specialty martinis and cocktails, as well as beer from around the world. Come and join them for daily happy hour, live entertainment and weekday promotions.

6 Aviles Street (904) 827-9055

Blackfly - The Restaurant If you're looking for a seafood restaurant in St. Augustine, Blackfly is one of St. Augustine's newest and most unique seafood restaurants. Opened in June 2012, Blackfly has won favors with the local community and tourists alike. Known for their daily fresh fish specials using local caught fish that you usually don't see on most restaurant menus, along with select fillets of Wahoo, Mahi, Hog Snapper and other specialty fish.

108 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 201-6300 The Floridian

The Floridian is proud to offer St. Augustine’s locals and visitors regionally authentic, fresh from the source cuisine: a clever synthesis of down home Southern comfort foods and lighter, healthier dishes, with many vegetarian options. Their emphasis on, and use of, local and sustainably-produced meats, seafood, vegetables, as well as artisanal breads and cheeses, lay the foundation for a dining experience you won’t soon forget.

39 Cordova Street (904) 829-0655

Ice Plant Bar and Restaurant Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, the idea is to reintroduce guests to a time where the

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experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable. Fresh, house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of bitters and specially developed syrups, result in stunning cocktails. Attention is paid to the smallest of details with three different kinds of ice, including a nod to the building's original use as an ice plant, with a 300lb block of ice and custom cubes.

110 Riberia Street (904) 829-6553

Michael’s Tasting Room They change their menu every month to bring you the most innovative dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. Chef Michael Lugo believes in organic and sustainable ingredients, and uses local or meticulously sourced products throughout.

25 Cuna Street (904) 810-2400

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Purple Olive Family owned and operated since 2004, the Purple Olive offers a creative full dinner menu, nightly dinner specials, freshly baked artisan breads, and all homemade soups, sauces, signature salad dressings and desserts.

4255 A1A South (904) 461-1250

Raintree Restaurant

Their intercontinental menu blends Mediterranean, American and Asian cuisine. You’ll enjoy the finest ingredients in the food prepared just for you, from the Canadian Lobster to the Chilean Sea Bass finished in a Japanese-style panko crust. Oh, and the Beef Wellington is a favorite dish with the St. Augustine locals. As is their dessert bar.

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Grilled Scallop Tostadas, Reef Conch Fritters, Datil Lime Shrimp CHEF SPECIALTIES

Grouper Oscar Sautéed fresh grouper topped with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise Slow-Roast Prime Rib Chef cut to order, slow roasted, with au jus and horseradish sauce Roast Duck Breast Duck breast roasted, sliced and served over blackberry demi glace sauce

Aunt Kate's Restaurant

Ripe Bistro is a unique combination of fresh, healthy, locally grown food combined with gourmet cooking to provide the perfect dining experience.

Continuing over 100 years of serving the finest in local seafood, Aunt Kate's pleasures both the eye and the palate. Sited in a grove of live oaks on the bank of the Tolomoto River, you can dine on the outside decks under the trees or inside in either the main dining room or the Victory bar.

1097 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-3177

Saigon Pho Bistro Authentic Vietnamese fare with vibrant modern decor and bistro style dining.

1935 A1A S (904) 461-9190

CASUAL CHOW

You'll find a family-friendly and casual environment at these restaurants with all around great food. Expect your typical sit and be served dining experience here. Amici Italian Restaurant Serving authentic Italian cuisine that's both innovative and traditional, their menu includes delicious seafood, meat, homemade pastas, chicken, salads and homemade desserts and a carefully chosen wine list to complement your meal.

1915 A1A South (904) 461-0102

612 Euclid Ave. (904) 829-1105

A1A Ale Works Located in historic St. Augustine, their dining room and private function facilities overlook the scenic Matanzas Bay. A1A Ale Works’ passion for fresh seafood has been a hit since day one. The menu features a variety of Caribbean, Cuban and Florida influences.

1 King Street, Ste 101 (904) 829-2977 Barnacle Bill's

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coolest new outdoor deck and bar. Join us for great food, spectacular sunset views and live music all weekend. Enjoy beaches the way it was meant to be – dining on the beach, the patio or inside with college and pro football games on every screen.

254 Vilano Rd (904) 829-0589

Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q Bono’s has been serving Real Pit Barbecue since 1949. They invite you to come join them whether it is your first time ever or first time this week. And remember, if you don’t see a Pit, it ain’t Legit. That is why they cook all of their award-winning BBQ fresh everyday and finish it on a live pit, the way real BBQ is supposed to be cooked. They are committed to their team, customers and community to offer a sense of pride at every level.

2420 US 1 South (904) 794-9424

Beaches at Vilano

53 St. George Street (904) 342-2869

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Bull & Crown Publick House

14 W. Castillo Drive (904) 824-3663

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Featuring a variety of grilled, broiled, steamed, blackened and fried seafood items. Steaks, pasta, chicken, alligator, homemade desserts and creative entree salads.

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Join them for an historic adventure in the heart of St. Augustine for great food, fun and full bar in a casual pub atmosphere. Cheer on your favorite team with a cold beer and an overstuffed sandwich or tackle tasty wings watching the crowds go by from St. George Street.


Cap’s on the Water At Cap's On The Water, they prepare new coastal cuisine, pairing fresh local seafood with traditional Southern, as well as Mediterranean flavors. A large outdoor deck, a sunset oyster bar, a full bar and an intimate indoor dining room, all offer breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway. For the occasional days that the weather is not filled with sunshine, they have covered and heated seating on their deck.

4325 Myrtle St (904) 824-8794

Conch House This full service award winning casual restaurant features the finest seafood, steaks, salads and Caribbean style cuisine. Sit down under a palm tree on the outside deck or dine in one of the unique Jamaican styled grass huts out over the water. One of the most unique dining experiences in the area.

57 Comares Ave (904) 829-8646

Coquina Beach Surf Club Coquina Beach Surf Club was created to bring customers the best in seasonal seafood, select beef entrees, seasonal produce, killer burgers, unique sandwiches and creative specials. Casual and comfortable outdoor dining, cool and cozy bar, clean and crisp drinks, interesting wine list and classic local décor creates the perfect setting for dining with friends.

452 A1A Beach Blvd (904) 471-2434

Creekside Dinery Creekside Dinery and marshside deck are nestled among beautiful magnolia trees beside one of St. Augustine's oldest boatyards on Gonzales Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway. Creekside has its own distinctive style of southern cuisine with special emphasis on plank cooking baking fish, chicken and steak on a 1" thick oak plank which seals in the juices and imparts a subtle wood flavor to the meat.

160 Nix Boat Yard Rd (904) 829-6113 Fusion Point

A local favorite for delicious sushi and a variety of Asian fusion cuisine, Fusion Point has been a constant since 1997.

237 San Marco Avenue (904) 823-1444

Gas Full Service Restaurant Serving Fresh Local Food You Want To Eat. The menu aims to offer something for everybody by serving classic comfort food elevated to something new with our creative twist and superior ingredients.

9 Anastasia Blvd #C (904) 217-0326

828 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 824-8244

Gypsy Cab Company

Hurricane Patty’s

Gypsy Cab Company has a reputation for being a casual restaurant with exceptional food that offers a unique dining experience. Located on Anastasia Island just over the Bridge of Lions, Gypsy has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Trend”, “Silver Spoon”, and “Best of St. Augustine” and, in 2011, was selected for the Jacksonville Magazine Hall of Fame!

Hurricane Patty's offers fresh seafood dishes to delight any appetite. From award winning clam chowders to live Maine lobsters and sashimi ahi tuna to beer battered cod, they have it all and bring the ocean to your table.

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69 Lewis Blvd. (904) 827-1822

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Haszard's at the Beach Owners Tim and Sharon Hazard have brought the taste of Baltimore’s delicious open pit beef sandwiches and the South's love of slow-cooked pulled pork, loin and ribs together with a side of the restaurant's bestseller, Maryland Crab Cakes. It’s a unique combination at Haszard’s at the Beach.

5633 A1A South (904) 461-4201

Kingfish Grill Located right at the docks of Camachee Cove Marina, they offer spectacular waterfront views with both inside and outside dining. Enjoy the freshest seafood and casual cuisine served in a relaxed setting. "Bring the Family."

252 Yacht Club Drive (904) 824-2111

La Cocina - Mexican Featuring traditional dishes like Molcajete, Sopa de Mariscos, Veracruz style red snapper, Carnitas, Chiles Rellenos, Beef Tongue and a lot of other great choices, making dining at this restaurant an experience that everyone talks about and can't wait to come back to.

3290 US1 South (904) 794-1610

Mikato Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by master teppanyaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill. The speed and dexterity of the chefs will dazzle you and the exotic, elegant atmosphere will delight you.

1092 S Ponce De Leon Blvd. (904) 824-7064 Mango Mango's

Mango Mango’s combines the best of classic American fare with flavors from the Caribbean and the Southwest. There are over fifty unique menu items to choose from including award-winning appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken entrees and desserts. Located steps from the beach on the corner of A1A and A Street.

700 A1A Beach Blvd (904) 461-1077

Mellow Mushroom Mellow Mushroom originally opened in 1974 when three college students founded a business that reflected their eccentric philosophies. They saw pizza baking as an art form, and wanted to bring joy to others by perfecting the art of pizza. The first store was created out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near Georgia Tech. To accommodate the long lines and gaining popularity, more Mellow Mushrooms sprung up around Atlanta, and now St. Augustine.

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410 Anastasia Blvd (904) 826-4040 Mojo Old City BBQ Mojo refers to blues song lyrics describing a good luck feeling or vibe and, with a cool clientele and a relaxed atmosphere, the blues filled space at Mojo’s offers a vibe that doesn’t resemble any other barbeque joint in town - and that’s just the way Mojo likes it. Bringing together regional barbeque specialties from all over the country and giving them the Mojo spin, Mojo offers the most unique barbeque experiences in North

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Florida.

5 Cordova Street (904) 342-5264 Jaybird’s Restaurant We are pleased and excited to introduce Chef Mark Langston as the new head chef at Jaybird’s, bringing 30 years of experience with exciting culinary favorites and creations for you to experience. "Using the best local products and fresh to the table ingredients is important", says Chef; "we want our guests to experience great food."


the Beach has an authentic Italian lunch or dinner ready for you!

4010 US1 South (904) 797-8989

Redfrog & McToads Redfrog & McToad’s is the first Grub-N-Pub in Northeast Florida. Stop by today and enjoy the casually cool eating and drinking establishment. With 25 flat screen TVs, you can be assured that you’ll have a great seat for the big game. Whether you’re interested in regional foods, or more diverse dishes, their lunch and dinner entrees are sure to satisfy.

5545 A1A South St. (904) 814-8430

Saltwater Cowboys Just a short pelican glide south of St. Augustine Beach, you'll find Saltwater Cowboys perched above wildlife-laden salt marshes flanking the Intracoastal Waterway. A very popular mainstay of the First Coast's restaurant scene for over 50 years, Cowboy's present owners have been serving up their own brand of fresh seafood, BBQ ribs, chicken, steaks, gator tail and frog legs to locals and tourists alike for 35 years.

299 Dondanville Rd. (904) 471-2332

South Beach Grill For more than 15 years, South Beach Grill has been winning customers, awards and friends from around the country. They provide a casual, oceanfront dining experience you will not soon forget. Regarded as one of the best local restaurants for fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and crab legs! South Beach Grill is proud to serve only fresh, local seafood. All of their fish is hand cut inhouse, fresh from the loin.

45 Cubbedge Rd. (904) 471-8700 The Reef

2600 N Ponce de Leon Blvd (904) 429-7153 OC White’s Seafood & Spirits Enjoy mouth-watering, fresh Maryland Blue Crab Cakes to bruschetta to a Florida style Bucket O' Steamers. Top it off with one of their frozen specialty drinks such as a Banana Cabana, captivating Coladas or traditional Margarita.

118 Avenida Menendez (904) 824-0808

Pizzalley’s Chianti Room A Mediterranean jewel complete with an

open kitchen, gorgeous dining areas and expansive veranda. Start out with appetizer favorites such as bruschetta, calamari and crab cakes in a roasted garlic and red pepper sauce or their Caprese and Antipasto salads which are a perfect starter to pair with their superb wine selection. Then settle in for the real treat and savor Chef Dees' Marsalas, Lasagnas, and Parmesans dripping with mouth-watering flavors.

117 St. George Street (904) 825-2627 Romano’s

There are few remaining true oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, and of those, The Reef, which reopened in 2002 under the direct ownership of the Usinas, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at the ocean, you listen to it as the waves break and the birds cry.

4100 Coastal Highway (904) 824-8008

Schooner’s Seafood House Celebrating 20 Years in the Nation's Oldest City! Home of award winning Minorcan Clam Chowder and other local favorites. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.

3560 N Ponce De Leon Blvd. (904) 826-0233

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Salt Life Food Shack Salt Life Food Shack offers a carefully crafted eclectic menu to cater to all tastes and personalities. The chefs provide the perfect locale for beach goers to enjoy great dishes, cool drinks and the opportunity to catch up writh family and friends. The casual yet trendy open-air space will accommodate all types from the avid seaman to land lovers looking for a taste of the Salt Life. It'€™s your choice of flops over loafers and soon to be your ideal choice for lunch or dinner!

312 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 217-3256

Theo’s Restaurant Open for breakfast and lunch, this traditional family restaurant will make you come back for more. The nautical inspired interior will get you ready for your afternoon beach trip. Theo’s Restaurant is known for their delicious homemade bread, cinnamon bread, gyros and fried shrimp.

169 King Street (904) 824-5022 Zaharias

Since 1987, Zaharias Restaurant has been serving a legendary variety of Greek, American and Italian cuisines. Begin the day with an equally complete breakfast menu served til 2pm and recharge at night under the cities largest privately owned pavilion and bar.

3945 A1A South (904) 471-4799

FAST "FOODIE"

For a quick, flavorful bite; you may or may not find table service at these places, but you'll always find the freshest ingredients. The Bunnery Talk about hot buns! You can smell what’s in the oven all the way down St. George Street. The Bunnery’s little kitchen will make whatever you’re craving - breads, cookies, pastries, muffins and cakes - the chefs will be sure to meet the need!

121 St. George Street (904) 829-6166 Cheezees Grill

Cheezees Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With delivery, hand crafted sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups there’s no reason to deny a tasty meal. For a quick pick-me-up, savor our seasonal selections of coffee, lattes and homemade baked goods.

918 Santa Maria Blvd. (904) 679-5008

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The Cheese Wheel and Sandwich Board St Augustine's oldest sandwich shop. We serve breakfast and lunch; open MondaySaturday 6:30-3:30 and Sunday 6:30-2:30.

252 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-8286

Crave Food Truck Located in a food truck at the San Sebastian Marina, you will order the healthiest lunch filled with dates, hummus, kale and any other colorful vegetable you can think of. Andreas will make you a wrap, salad or smoothie with whatever combination you can dream of. Picnic tables line the water with covering, for rain or shine.

134 Riberia Street (904) 297-1885

Flavors Eatery Looking for something quick, delicious,

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humongous and adventurous? Flavors is the place for you! Open for lunch and dinner, there is something for everyone salad, wraps and nachos are their claim to fame. Stop by for a drink and open mic night!

125 King Street (904) 824-4221

Florida Cracker Cafe Located in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district directly on St. George Street, this cafe offers outside dining on the garden patio, or you can enjoy your meal in the contemporary dining room. Whether you are in the mood for a quick lunch or a relaxing dinner in a unique atmosphere, be sure to make The Florida Cracker Cafe your premier dining choice.

81 St. George Street (904) 829-0397

Hazel’s Hot Dogs Fresh hand cut fries and dogs any way


you take them, Hazel’s is convenient, fast and fresh! This little restaurant is a quintessential roadside stop, beloved by locals and visitors alike! There is a large assortment of toppings to choose from, including favorites like chili, slaw, and sauerkraut.

2400 N Ponce De Leon Blvd (904) 824-8484

Hot Shot Bakery n’ Cafe Hot Shot Bakery n' Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Join them for their freshly-baked goods and a coffee. Come eat a chocolate-dipped Datil pepper and make it on the Wall of Flame!

8 Granada Street (904) 824-7898 La Floridita

La Floridita--Latin-inspired breakfast and lunch counter. Located directly behind The Floridian, La Floridita is the sister cafe to the Floridian. Now offering juices, smoothies, empanadas, breakfast burritos, arepas, bocadillos, plate lunches and more. All crafted with as much local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients as possible.

39 Cordova Street (904) 829-0655 Mojo’s Tacos

Mojo's Tacos is locally owned and motivated. Unique taco experience unlike the others. Mojo's is an east coast restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, serving fresh mahi, shrimp, chicken, beef, vegetarian & vegan options like tofu & tempeh. Although known for their tacos, they also have burritos, salads, & nachos. The best kept secret of locals is their breakfast tacos. Everything made to order served fast and fresh.

551 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 829-1665

Nalu’s Tropical Take-Out Nalu's specializes in serving the very freshest of ingredients and only homemade sauces, salsas, pestos, soups, fish jerky and more. They're all about buying fresh from the local farmers market and produce stands and only selecting the highest grade and all WILD CAUGHT Mahi Mahi, Ono (wahoo) and Ahi (yellowfin tuna) to create their tacos, burritos, burgers, sashimi and more.

1020 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 501-9592

Smokin' D's BBQ It takes 6 to 15 hours to make authentic fresh smoked BBQ. So, these folks get up real early to sell bbq at it's perfect moment.

Stir It Up Specializing in healthy lunch cuisine and smoothies, once you try it, you will see how quickly Stir It Up becomes less of a stop to get a bite to eat and more of a lifestyle. The food is simply divine, made by caring hands with fresh ingredients including mixed greens, fresh ripe avocados, homemade hummus, and Annie’s Goddess salad dressing. All food is made to order, so be prepared to wait a little while if the porch is jammin.

18 A Street (904) 461-4552 The Spot

Family friendly cafe! Serving bountiful breakfasts and daily lunch specials. From traditional breakfast meals to the deep Southern belly busting flavors, there will be something that will catch your hungry eyes! A full lunch menu is also available.

4508 US1 Highway North (904) 824-8212 Sea Oats Caffe

Tucked in the St. Augustine Beach Publix, this little breakfast joint will have you coming back for more! Sit at the bar or outside and enjoy over 30 different flavors of pancakes. Check out the daily lunch specials.

1075 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-7350

Taberna Del Caballo Step back in time into our candlelit 18th century-styled taberna. Enjoy savory tapas, flatbreads, sangria and cold beverages in an intimate atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

37 St. George Street (904) 342-2867

Wildflower Cafe Whether you stop by for a hearty breakfast, a business lunch or an evening with family and friends, you’ll enjoy American cuisine that pleases your palate and your wallet. When you choose the Wildflower Café, you’ll experience creatively presented meals of the highest quality at a great price..

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BEACHES AT VILANO 254 Vilano Road

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4320 A1A South (904) 471-2691

3945 A1A South

The Blue Hen

45 Cubbage Road

Southern charm, with a hint of lime is their claim to fame. This cozy breakfast place is open Tuesday - Sunday from 8AM-3PM. There is nothing the local foodie wouldn't want to try!

SOUTH BEACH GRILL CAP'S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle Street

117 King Street (904) 217-3777

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050

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