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

SERVICE ABOVE SELF At the inception of St. Augustine Social, Andrew and I set out to partner with key community events to promote and assist with their marketing efforts. The very first outreach I made during our launch time was to St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary for their annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival. When I emailed about the event I was greeted with an invite to attend one of the morning meetings before any talk of partnership even started. I attended that week, the week after, and the week after that, and soon found myself signing up to become a Rotarian - something I had never even heard of just a few weeks before. Being a Rotarian has opened my eyes to people, populations, and cultures I’ve never had the opportunity to come across before… and it all happens each Wednesday at breakfast in St. Augustine. There we brainstorm on service projects, see the results of our efforts come to fruition with each check presentation, and meet speakers who’ve come to tell their stories from here in St. Augustine and around the world. This year St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary raised thousands of dollars to give to local charities from our annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival. St. Augustine Social was proud to promote that event! That’s what is amazing about local service organizations. The effect a group of diverse people coming together to make whatever positive influence they can is much like a pebble being thrown into a pond - the end results are always big. No matter the initial effort. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are talking about service in St. Augustine this issue. From community service to military service, we’ve compiled an extensive review of local nonprofits that outlines their causes and needs, featured locals who give back in time, energy and efforts to community causes, and highlighted local veterans with amazing stories of service. We encourage you to look to this issue as a launchpad to your 2016 resolutions, consider giving back in whatever way is possible for you, and embrace the Rotary motto in all that you do - “Service above self.”

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HELLO Editor's Note

FIND YOUR CAUSE What St. Augustine lacks in size, it makes up for in service, and in heart. No matter which direction you look, you are sure to spot community members pouring their hearts into a number of causes, supporting and serving their fellow community members, all while acting on behalf of the greater good of humanity. Within the pages of this issue, philanthropy and service are recurring themes that take on many forms. Individually, every feature tells a different story. Together, these stories represent the vast amount of ways we as people can serve and make a meaningful difference within the context of community. For starters, our charity feature showcases a group of diverse organizations, each making a monumental impact, lending a helping hand, and operating with a specific cause at the forefront of its mission. Then there are business owners like Martin and Purity of Growers Alliance, who are using their work here locally to pave the way for a better life for coffee farmers abroad and members of their home villages in Kenya. Dan Kelly and Ryan Cornelison are taking on their first ever marathon, with a goal of not only completing this impressive feat, but running to help raise funds for athletes with disabilities in support of Achilles International. In the food realm, Genie and Jeff of The Floridian are working in support of the growing local, sustainable food movement, educating the community and giving back to farmers with each plate of food served. One very special piece of this issue is a spotlight on local military veterans. Representing different military branches, these St. Johns County residents have given years of their life and endless amounts of courage to serving in a number of operations and conflicts, defending the freedoms of our home country. While no two of their stories are alike, each recognizes the value and impact of giving back. As I leave you to explore this collection of stories with an emphasis on service, and giving back to something greater than yourself, I ask you to consider the following: Everyone has a cause. What’s yours?

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Behind the Scenes of our Cover Meet Jack. He is a local military veteran who served our country in the Marine Corps for 30 years. You can read about Jack and several other local military veterans beginning on page 82. From the moment we watched Jack salute for this photo, we knew this image symbolized service so genuinely, it was only fitting for it to grace our cover. Shout out to Monarch Studio for bringing our vision for this veteran pictorial feature to life. Each photograph is powerful, distinguished, and memorable —a direct reflection of the subjects.


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KING & RIBERIA STREET

SHOP RUNNING

This corner of shops and restaurants remains a hangout for St. Augustine locals.

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Adam Bailey begins most mornings catching waves alongside fellow members of the Military Surf Club.

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GROWERS ALLIANCE

Growers Alliance shows how one cup of coffee can sustain a community of coffee growers.

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This seaside dream home is a blend of art, architecture and serene seascape.

STORIES OF SERVICE

Stories of service from a group of St. Johns County military veterans.

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THE FLORIDIAN

Owners Jeff and Genie McNally are driven by conscious eating and committed to the local food community.

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ONE TWENTY THREE BURGER HOUSE

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What's your favorite way to get involved with the local community and give back? "Schools, St. Francis House, Habitat for Humanity, Blessings in a Backpack, any of the animal rescue organizations. Any of these organizations need your time or money or donated items." - Jennifer Stevenson

could do more. Love these kids." - Nicole Nettles

"Volunteering in my children's schools... they need the extra help". - Jenny Klinck Ranick

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"I volunteer with Foodies Care to help raise awareness about hunger. Our goal is to open a community cafe." -Jennifer Bongiorno

"Downdogz offers Free Yoga for Veterans and friends we also sponsor Downdogz for Diabetes to help fund research and sugar dogs!" -Mandy Inabinett

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Barbara Seuss Vaughn - My Dad lives here and was in WW11, Korea and Vietnam. His name is Jack Suess. He has many stories.


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Living JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE MASQUERADE GALA St. Augustine Beach

Lightner Museum October 17, 6 pm Learn about St. Augustine’s rich history, masquerade-style. Enjoy a tour of the Lightner Museum, drinks and Spanish food, and have an extravagant time. Hosted by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, proceeds go to charities JSL supports. This year, our very own Editorial Director, Heather Vreeland was chosen as a "Queen Canidate" for the event. In her quest for queen she is tasked with raising money for the JSL and if she raises the most among all of the other queen candidates, the charity of her choice, the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home will win $5,000. Tickets are $137. To purchase tickets in support of Heather's "quest for queen," select candidate "Heather Vreeland" when checking out. For more information, and the link to buy tickets visit the Junior Service League Gala website at www.jslgala.com 75 King Street, St. Augustine www.jslgala.com

Inside: Calendar of Events // Crossroads // Roundup // Q & A // Long Story Short // Charity Register


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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER By Ariel Thomas

RING OF FIRE - THE MUSICAL Limelight Theatre of St. Augustine Now thru October 18, 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays A family musical featuring 38 musical numbers and hits from Johnny Cash. Directed by Beth Lambert. Tickets range from $20 to $25. For more information and ticket details visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call the box office at 904-825-1164. 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine www.limelight-theatre.org

DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS WITH WALTER PARKS Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 4, 8 pm Six-time GRAMMY winner Dr. John performs some of his classic hits on this tour. Having been featured on albums by Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones, Dr. John is internationally seen as an American

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SYKES AND COOPER CORN MAZE Sykes and Cooper Farms October 3-25, Friday-Sunday Explore the nine-acre corn maze, and enjoy hayrides, playgrounds, farm animals, plus other family-friendly activities. Tickets range from $7 to $9. For more information and ticket details, call 904-692-1370 or visit the Sykes and Cooper website. 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, www.sycofarms.com

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First United Methodist Church October 1 - until pumpkins sell out Coming all the way from Farmington, New Mexico, the patch has been in operation since 1999, and hosts nearly 45,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. Pumpkins range from $.50 to $20 in price. Pumpkins are available until they sell out. All proceeds from the annual pumpkin patch go to benefit the church’s youth services. 118 King Street

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icon, specializing in New Orleans-style jazz. Tickets range from $60 to $70 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 904209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS WITH BLANK RANGE AT THE COLONIAL QUARTER St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 9, 7 pm Author John Darnielle hits the road with his band The Mountain Goats to promote their new album Beat the Champ. The band, who use unconventional methods to raise money for their music, focuses this album on songs about professional wrestling. Tickets are $20 and gates open at 6 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

ANI DIFRANCO WITH ANA EGGE Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 9, 8 pm The now New Orleans-based musician Ani DiFranco tours in promotion of her new album, Allergic to Water. Released by her own record label Righteous Babe, the album is a personal reflection on her life. Tickets range from $49 to $59 and gates open at 7 pm. 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

titled album is influenced by their favorite bands and the classic rock sounds that they grew up with. Tickets range from $27 to $30 and gates open up at 7 pm. 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

NOAH GUNDERSEN WITH FIELD REPORT AT THE COLONIAL QUARTER St. Augustine Amphitheater October 14, 8 pm With songs featured in TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy and The Vampire Diaries, Noah Gundersen has come a long way since recording his first album on his dad’s home tape machine. His new album Carry the Ghost shows a more mature side of Gundersen, featuring collaborations with his band, The Courage. Tickets are $15 and gates open at 7 p.m. For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine

Amphitheatre website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

SUZANNE VEGA Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 16, 8 pm Contemporary folk Singer Suzanne Vega has sold out venues internationally and has toured with musicians like Moby and Bob Dylan. The GRAMMY winner has been making music since 1985, and her song “Marlene on the Wall” has been considered by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980’s.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50 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

FALL HARVEST ACTIVITIES AT THE FARM Rype & Readi October 1 -24th, weekends Every weekend in October, come by for hayrides, crafts and other fall activities. On October 17 join Rype & Readi for a Farm to Feast competition with three culinary teams in a “Chopped” like competition. Space is limited. On October 24th at 9 pm there will be a burning of the scarecrows. Also on October 24th join Rype & Readi for a family-fun Oktober Farm Fest. Tickets $15. 5780 Country Road 305, Elkton www.slowfoodfirstcoast.org

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St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 11, 11 am ToneVendor, St. Augustine’s vinyl record store, hosts the fall music fair. Guests will get to enjoy live music by local musicians, activities for kids, and shop music related items. Tickets are free and gates open at 11 am. For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

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THE WINERY DOGS Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 14, 8 pm Musicians Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy have come together to form rock group The Winery Dogs. Their self-

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REGULAR EVENTS 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

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 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

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TEEN FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP

MARCIA BALL WITH AMY SPEACE

Anastasia Island Library Branch October 17, 10 am - 3 pm The St. Johns River Chapter of the FICPA, and the St. Johns County Public Library are teaming up to help teens. Subjects covered will include Careers and Income, Spending Wisely, Saving and Investing, Credit Cards and Debit Cards, How to Buy a Car, How to Pay for College and more. Lunch will be provided. Please call 904-209-3730 to register, class size is limited. 124 Sea Grove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach www.sjcpls.org

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 23, 8 pm Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Marcia Ball is known for her roadhouse rhythm and blues-style music. With a list of music awards under her belt, Ball has also been nominated five times for a GRAMMY. Tickets range from $40 to $50 and gates open at 7 pm. 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

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St. Augustine Amphitheater October 17, 7:30 pm Little Big Town is back with their sixth album, Pain Killer, featuring new collaborators and a fresh sound. The band has performed with Keith Urban on tour, hosted the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, won a GRAMMY and other music awards for their previous work. Tickets range from $25$45 and gates open at 6:30 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

Limelight Theatre October 23 - November 15, 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays, 2 pm Sundays An adult drama that addresses faith in America. A thoughtprovoking performance which asks, “What does it take to be a Christian in today’s world?” Tickets are $15. For more information and ticket details, visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call the box office at 904-825-1164. 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine www.limelight-theatre.org

HIPHARP FOR THE ARTS: A CONCERT BENEFITING MUSIC THERAPY OUTREACH Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 17, 7:30 pm Deborah Henson-Conant, a one-woman show artist, performs with her HipHarp, an instrument specifically invented for her shows. Her performance incorporates music, theater, and movement, and HensonConant is known to have sold-out shows. Tickets range from $45 to $1500 and gates open at 6 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

TAB BENOIT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 22, 8 pm Blues musician Tab Benoit has not only been nominated for a GRAMMY three times, but he is also a conservation advocate. He works with Voice of the Wetlands, and has received a conservationist award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Tickets range from $25 to $35 and gates open at 7 pm. 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

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HOME BUYER'S WORKSHOP Anastasia Island Library Branch Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm

This free presentation will provide insights into financing, offer to contract, inspection, insurance, and closing process of buying a house. The intent is to equip you with relevant information to streamline and remove stress from buying your home, while ensuring you are obtaining the best home value. Presented by the Saint Johns Real Estate Network Group. 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine www.sjcpls.org


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LIVING LIVING beverages and a dessert bar. Tickets are $32.64. For more information, visit Declaration & Co. page on the Eventbrite website. 63 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine www.facebook.com/DeclarationBoutique

HONORING OUR VETERANS Anastasia Baptist Church November 8, 1 pm Highlights of this special event to honor veterans include: performance by St. Augustine High School Chorus, display of Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial. As broadcast on PBS, see the “K9 for Warriors” story, how rescued K9s are trained to help warriors with PTSD adjust to life at home. During this event, local veterans organizations will be in atrium from 1-2:30 pm, displaying their activities. This event is hosted by the Veterans Council, Inc. of St. Johns County and Anastasia Baptist Church. Free and open to the public. 1650 A1A St. Augustine

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Uptown San Marco November 21, 10 am Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in Uptown San Marco. Guests will be transported from shop to shop in a sightseeing trolley, enjoy a lunch at Le Pavillion, and receive shopper discounts. Tickets are $47 and departure time is 9:45 am. For more information and ticket details, visit the Holly Jolly Shopping Spree’s Facebook page. 167 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine

AN EVENING WITH MARK KNOPFLER AND BAND St. Augustine Amphitheater October 27, 8 pm On the heels of his new album’s release date, Mark Knopfler starts his tour for Tracker, which is set to release early next year. With an impressive track record like soundtracks for The Princess Bride and producing albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, guests get to enjoy an evening experiencing the musical talents of whom Rolling Stone calls one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50 and gates open at 7 pm.

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For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0367. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

DASHING THROUGH THE STORE Declaration & Co. The Market Place November 6, 3 pm Declaration & Co. holds their second annual Dashing through the Store fundraiser to benefit the Betty Griffin House of St. Augustine. Guests get to pick their own time-slot of when they want to come in and shop, and will enjoy holiday music, www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Tringali Barn November 8, 4 pm Guests enjoy games, food, and music by Chillula. All money collected goes to the Wildflower Clinic. Tickets range from $75 to $100. For more information, visit the Good Samaritan St. Augustine website. One mile South of 206 on US 1 South, St. Augustine www.goodsamstaug.org

NBC’S LAST COMIC STANDING LIVE TOUR Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 9, 7:30 pm In it’s ninth season, NBC’s Last Comic Standing features finalists in the show’s competition. The series kicks back off on July 22nd. Tickets range from $40 to $100 and gates open at 6:30 pm. 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

ADRIAN LEGG & DAVID LINDLEY Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 12, 8 pm British musician Adrian Legg is a man of many talents, including writing, being an author and photographer amongst other skills. David Lindley incorporates sounds from all over the world and heads band El Rayo-X. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50 and gates open at 7 pm. 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


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JAKE SHIMABUKURO Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 13, 8 pm Jake has ollaborated with musicians like Jimmy Buffet, Ziggy Marley and many others. Tickets range from $34.50 to $44.50 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

costs range from $15 (for kids race) to $100 (for half marathon). For more information and packet pick-up details, visit the St. Augustine Marathon website or call 305-716-1111. 29 West Castillo, St. Augustine www.staugustinemarathon.com

FARM TO FEAST Rype & Readi November 14, time TBA Help Rype & Readi kick off the Tour de Farm with Patagonian Fugeon! All proceeds from this cooking class benefit the Slow Foods organization. For more information call (904) 429-3070. 5780 County Road 305, Elkton www.rypeandreadi.com

TOUR DE FARM

ST. AUGUSTINE HALF MARATHON Francis Field November 14-15, 7 am Sunday, Nov. 15 marks the return of the St. Augustine half marathon. This event weekend also includes a 10k, 5k and kids race taking place on Saturday. Registration

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Rype & Readi November 15, 12 - 5 pm The Slow Food First Coast Tour de Farm 2015 will provide the community with a first-look into the fall harvest and an opportunity to learn about our local food system. Join us – and folks from across the First Coast – to see where your food comes from and meet the farmers who produce it! $20 for attendees, $50 for vendors. 5780 County Road 305, Elkton www.rypeandreadi.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Downtown St. Augustine November 21 Beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving, millions of white lights adorn St. Augustine’s buildings and streets. Making the nation’s oldest city even more magical, the event follows in the old Spanish tradition of lighting candles in windows during the Christmas season. For more information, visit the Florida Historic Coast website. Plaza de la Constitucion

FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS DVORAK Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 22, 3 pm Guests enjoy live classical music by Dvorak, featuring compositions Terzetto and String Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 51. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and gates open at 2 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

BALANCE AND HARMONY YOGA WORKSHOP City Wellness November 22, 4 pm Yoga instructors incorporate sound stimulation with yoga asana, promoting balance, harmony, and other elements that bring release and peace to the body. The workshop is donation-based. 2225 A1A South Ste B 6-8, St. Augustine www.citywellness.com

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Crossroads

KING STREET

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RIBERIA STREET

This downtown stretch of street offers everything from vegetarian burritos and decadent burgers to bike rentals and bath bubbles. Although close in proximity to the heart of downtown, this corner of shops and restaurants remains a hangout for St. Augustine locals.

ST. AUGUSTINE BIKE RENTALS

Moving t o nearby US 1 location soon! OLDE TOWN TOYS

113 King Street www.oldetownetoys.com

ANTOINETTE'S BATH HOUSE

No doubt you’ve caught a whiff as you passed by on King Street. All products are handmade on-site and are truly functional works of art. Give the best gifts and score some herbal, botanical and medicinal bath concoctions for yourself.

Riberia Street

125 A King Street

King Street

Life is really all about the children and Olde Towne Toys is a specialty toy store specializing in toys, crafts and products specific to a life lived on the coast. The owners and staff are experts at answering the age old question, “what does a 1-12 year old like?"

Bikes, scooters, scoot coupes and segways, oh boy! When you have family and friends in town, a good time can be had cruisin’ downtown with a little wind in your hair. Go it alone or take a guided tour to see your town from a unique perspective. Open 7 days a week from 9:30-5:30 with after hours drop-off! Safety accessories included.

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111 King Street www.antoinettesbathhouse.com

ONE TWENTY THREE BURGER HOUSE

Chow down on burgers, jumbo wings, fries 16 different ways, frozen beer and wood fired pizzas during your lunch break or dinner hour. There are shakes and malts too. You read that right, malts.

123 King Street www.onetwentythreeburgerhouse.com

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IMAGINE FINE ART PRINTING

Ever wondered how to turn an amazing shot into a work of art? Imagine Fine Art works with photographers and various artists to create a lasting impression worthy of a gallery or the bare walls at your home or office. Choose from fine art papers, canvas, photographic papers or take advantage of precision high resolution art capture scans.

125 B King Street www.imaginefineartprinting.com

FLAVORS EATERY

With a menu inspired by the fusion cuisine of California, Flavors Eatery serves up heart healthy food made to order. Featuring unique wraps and endless subs, pitas and gyros.

125 King Street www.flavorseateryflorida.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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LIVING Love Cups, handcrafted by local potter Mandy Dexheimer

Roundup

SPRINGS

Now that the summer tourist season has died down, nearby freshwater springs are once again a place of escape for locals and manatees. Here's a roundup of swimming holes within 100 miles, ideal for a day trip. GINNIE SPRINGS Although widely known for tubing, Ginnie Springs offers three different watering holes perfect for snorkeling or diving. Ginnie also doubles as a prime tent camping spot, with campsites overlooking the Santa Fe River. 5000 NE 60th Ave., High Springs www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com BLUE SPRINGS Just down the way from Ginnie, is Blue Springs. Swim or float in a tube in the crystal-clear blue waters of this private park; walk the boardwalk along the spring run, canoe or kayak the Santa Fe River, or camp. 7450 NE 60th Ave., High Springs www.bluespringspark.com BLUE SPRING STATE PARK Just outside of Orlando in Deland, is yet another Blue Spring. This one is a state park. Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres and includes the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Come mid-November, swimming closes for the season and the park becomes a manatee haven. 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City (386) 775-3663

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Home Grown

THE LOVE CUPS

A newly formed local grassroots movement is using art to support a coalition that is dedicated to those suffering at the hands of ISIS. Love Cups is a grassroots art meets social justice movement brought to life by local potter, Amanda (Mandy) Dexheimer. After reading an article about girls in Iraq, the same age as her own daughters, enduring suffering at the hands of ISIS, Dexheimer felt compelled to take action. She wrote letters to the founder of Preemptive Love Coalition, a coalition that seeks to confront fear with acts of love and is working on the ground to carry out their mission in Iraq. Dexheimer decided to use her pottery to support the work of the coalition. And so, Love Cups began.

LOVE CUPS SHOP Dexheimer launched a Love Cups Etsy Shop. Here, she is selling limited edition Love Cups for $35 each. Moving the project beyond her own art, she has expanded to include other art, and is opening the door for artists of different mediums from various cities to get involved. All proceeds for art sold goes to benefit the Preemptive Love Coalition. If you are an artist interested in participating, email thelovecups@gmail.com. SUPPORT THE CAUSE www.amandablairdexheimer.squarespace.com www.etsy.com/shop/LoveCupsShop

When and how should you deduct charitable contributions? Henry O’Connell, CPA, O’Connell & Associates, P.A. has an answer. "Charitable contributions can be deducted on your tax return when total itemized deductions including charitable donations exceed your standard deduction. Remember to get receipts when making donations and track charitable vehicle mileage. Every year bring all documentation to your tax professional when filing, to make sure you and your family account for each donation made throughout the year. This will help lower your tax obligation and maximize your benefits." www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Ventures

BEER, DAWGS, AND TOYS TOO

Q&A

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...

HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECT Under the leadership of Executive Director Alia Reimer, Habitat for Humanity is preserving a piece of history, while building hope. Photography by Brian Miller

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How did you originally cross paths with this home? This house was brought to our attention by the St. Johns County Historic Resources Department when they were perusing demolition permits to make sure that historic structures were not being demolished without review. The Historic Resources Department suggested the home and land be donated to Habitat for Humanity to save the historic structure and we gladly accepted. This house is like a treasure that is literally ‘hidden in a field’ and that field was gifted to Habitat.

utilized to its fullest capacity. The Grays are a young married couple, Timmie and Crystal, with two sons, Timmie Jr. and Benjamin. We believe they are a perfect fit for this home.

How was the family selected for this particular home? We wanted to make sure that the family selected knew the long term responsibilities involved with purchasing this home from Habitat versus a brand new home. Also, the square footage of this home is larger than a typical Habitat home, so having two working parents and two growing children in the household ensures that the home would be able to be maintained and

Is this a monumental learning experience for your team? Absolutely. I also see it as an opportunity for us to challenge ourselves; challenge the convention of what we are capable of as a non-profit organization in St. Johns County. The ‘team’ is more than the Habitat staff. The ‘team’ is the entire community because we are a volunteer-driven organization that relies on donations of both time and money. We believe in our ability

This historic home has been moved twice. The first move shifted it over a single lot. The second move brought it across town to its current location on Green Acres Road.

to fulfill our mission because the community stands behind us. How do needs for this project compare to a typical home rehab project? Despite the fact that this home and land were donated, the total rehab costs exceed the typical Habitat home by approximately $10,000. But this is an opportunity that we could not pass up and hopefully, if we are successful, we will have additional opportunities to help save historic structures in our historic city. How can the community support this project? We have started a crowdfunding page to help raise funds for this project specifically, www.youcaring. com/helphabitatsavehistory, in hopes that locals who love and support historic preservation will help donate to this project, The funds raised through this account will be designated for the Green Acres Road historic home to be preserved to help us save a part of St. Augustine’s history. www.habitatstjohns.org

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Brewz N Dawgz opened its doors at the corner of 312 and U.S.1 The eatery and watering hole serves up craft beers and gourmet hot dogs with an emphasis on sustainable, local ingredients, and vegetarian/ vegan-friendly options. 1974 U.S. 1 South Old City Bathecary relocated from 1 King Street to San Marco Ave. Along with the new location is a new store space that is three times the size of the previous space. 74 San Marco Lee F. Slaughter Cars moved from their San Marco location to U.S. 1 South. 2575 US 1 South The Floridian has moved into a newly renovated, larger home on Spanish Street in the space that once housed All Stars Sports Bar & Grill. 72 Spanish Street Olde Towne Toys is moving from 113 King Street to 300 South Ponce de Leon Blvd in early October. 300 South Ponce De Leon Oak & Adze Merchant of Mancrafts is now open on St. George Street. The shop is filled with manly man goods. 112 B. St. George Street Andrew Birchall, of Birchall & Co Real Estate opened his own real estate office. 2807 N. Tenth Street, Suite 13


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That's Adam

Long Story Short

MILITARY SURF CLUB Adam Bailey begins most mornings before dawn, at the beach, catching waves alongside fellow members of the newly formed Military Surf Club. Photography by Brian Miller How and when did the surf club begin? We all started surfing together last fall. As we surfed more and more, there was talk about starting a club for military surfers. There were several of us already and we figured there were more out there who may be interested, so why not? How often do you surf together? As often as possible. There have been mornings without waves and we still paddle out. It’s just a great way to start your day. And of course, if there are waves, we are hitting it in the mornings and evenings, before and after work. Tell us about your members: We currently have a diverse group of 16 members: males, females, older folks, younger folks, some who surf really well and some who are just starting out. We have military members who have deployed multiple times and have participated in combat operations and some who have not deployed at all. We even have a member currently deployed to Afghanistan (our foreign ambassador). Just as we want military members and veterans in our organization, we welcome those who support the military and have never served. The idea behind that is to keep those who love surfing coming in.

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"The ocean provides this big reward if you are willing to paddle into a wegde of water and stand up on a piece of foam - you feel a kinship to nature, forget all of your troubles and worries and you can get the ride of your life."

Do you see surfing as more of a physical challenge or a mental release? Several of us have talked about what surfing does for us. We agree there's a physicality to it that you cannot find in any other sport or activity. While some find that important, others relish in the fact that there is an adrenaline rush once you drop in on a wave. In surfing, the ocean provides this big reward if you are willing to paddle into a wedge of water and stand up on a piece of foam – you feel a kinship with nature, forget all of your troubles and worries and you can get the ride of our life. There are some of us who have seen things we would have rather not seen. Surfing

becomes therapy for us. It replaces those negative images with good ones and changes your mindset. Is your vision for the group to grow beyond surfing? While we want to focus on surfing, we also want to give back. We recently volunteered at SURF QUEST, sponsored by the Arc of St. Johns County. It’s a one-day surf session for men, women and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. MORE ONLINE We loved being able to give others the chance to surf, Read the rest of Adam's and feel what we feel interview on our website when we are in the water.

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In 2010, American Express started this annual campaign to promote shopping local to kick off the busiest shopping season. Mark your calendar: this year, Small Business Saturday will take place November 28. What are the perks for shoppers? Use your American Express card and receive up to three $10 credits on your account if you spend more than $10 at any participating local stores, restaurants, and hotels. Here at St. Augustine Social we are all about staying small (and local), this holiday season and year-round. Show us how you support local small businesses by using the hashtag #STAlocal when you dine out or shop local. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Y . o d u n r a H H e a r u rt. o Y

Your Cause.

Within St. Augustine and the surrounding St. Johns County area, there are countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly in support of a number of causes. These groups meet a wide range of needs in the community - from offering educational support to our youth, to providing housing solutions and medical services to those facing homelessness. Whether you are looking to serve through monetary donations or interested in volunteering your time, here is a snapshot of locally-based charitable organizations working together for the greater good of the community in which we work, live and play.

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Alpha-Omega Miracle Home

Offering life skills to homeless mothers, children and senior citizens, and sheltering more than 87 homeless women and families annually.

ABOUT Alpha-Omega Miracle Home offers transitional houses for single mothers and children through a 24-month holistic program, with the ultimate goal of assisting them in securing permanent housing, and becoming productive, self-supporting members of the community. Participating mothers receive continuing education, stable employment, financial literacy training, life-skills courses, free counseling services with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and encouragement from the faith-based community. Permanent Supportive Housing for senior women ages 60 and up is offered through a low-income, safe housing program. The formerly displaced and homeless seniors are paired with young, single mothers and children. HISTORY Alpha-Omega Miracle Home was founded in 1997 by Lisa Franklin, a native of St. Augustine, who was once herself a teenage mother. From a very humble beginning, Alpha-Omega has grown from one home housing up to seven teenage mothers and their infants to 24 transitional housing units caring for approximately 87 women and children annually. WHO IT SUPPORTS Young, single mothers at risk of homelessness or who are homeless; the children of these mothers; senior women at risk of homelessness or who are homeless; families in financial distress and their children. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $633,828 CURRENT PROGRAMS & NEEDS AOMH is leading a capital campaign to build a permanent campus which will allow AOMH to expand its transitional housing program. The campus will include a Family Counseling Center, and on-site Daycare Center. AOMH is building a children's library, to support a literacy program that prepares mothers to better meet the reading readiness needs of their children. AOMH also plans on giving away 600-1,000 backpacks filled with schools supplies, along with shoes at its 2016 Annual Shoes of Hope give-away. Monetary and material donations can be made at www. aomh.org. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Get Involved... VOLUNTEER AT ALPHA OMEGA THRIFT STORE, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OR SPECIAL EVENTS. CALL 904-823-8588 TO DONATE, OR REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER. VISIT WWW.AOMH.ORG TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR NEWSLETTER AND VIEW THEIR DONATION WISHLIST. FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ ALPHAOMEGAMIRACLEHOME

"It will take the collective effort of individuals, businesses, and churches to build the preventive care facility. We're just getting started." - Lisa Franklin, Director

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StarLight Project

Investing In Kids (INK)

Building dream rooms for children with special needs.

Benefitting local teachers and students in the St. Johns County School District.

ABOUT The StarLight Project encourages mental, physical and emotional development, creativity and lifelong learning for children with special needs, through the design of custommade dream bedrooms. The entire team is volunteer-based.

ABOUT Because school district funding is heavily restricted across the state, local K-12 education foundations, such as INK, were established to provide additional monies for programs and services that reinforce traditional classroom instruction.

HISTORY The StarLight Project was founded in 2011 by Craig, Cherie, Eden and Elle Sussman, and is a proud partner of the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. The organization is dedicated to the loving memories of Jeffrey Sussman, Arnold Lederer and Pauline Lederer. The "S" in Star and the "L" in Light represent their last names.

HISTORY The St. Johns County Education Foundation, doing business as Investing in Kids (INK), was formed in 1994 by a handful of community volunteers who desired to enhance student achievement by augmenting programs and services within the St. Johns County School District.

WHO IT SUPPORTS The project is fully committed to enhancing the lives of children with special needs.

WHO IT SUPPORTS INK directly supports local teachers and students in the St. Johns County School District. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $550,000

ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $20,000 CURRENT NEEDS Funding. StarLight Project is always in need of funding to help meet every wish on the childrens' lists.

CURRENT NEEDS Increase the amount of free school supplies for teachers, and the purchase of college scholarships for students in need.

Get Involved..

THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED CAN REACH OUT AT THESTARLIGHTPROJECT@GMAIL. COM OR VIA THE WEBSITE WWW.THESTARLIGHTPROJECT.COM.

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CONTACT DONNA LUEDERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AT 904-547-7120 OR DONNA. LUEDERS@STJOHNS.K12.FL.US TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, OR VISIT WWW.INK-STJOHNS.ORG.


Religious Charities Be it holiday programs, emergency services, or crisis intervention, these religious organizations are supporting the needs of the community: ST. GERARD CAMPUS Primarily known as a maternity home and high school for teenage mothers, St. Gerard campus assists women, children, and families, providing both a Community Outreach Program, and Pregnancy Center. St. Gerard offers a full range of services to help pregnant teens and mothers in crisis. All services provided are free of charge and are individualized based on individual circumstances and needs. www.stgerardcampus.org CATHOLIC CHARITIES Catholic Charities serves families and individuals, including seniors, children, mothers and fathers to meet their basic needs. Services include: homeless prevention program, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, weekend hunger backpack program, food pantry, farm worker ministry, Thanksgiving and Christmas programs, family reunification program, information and referrals. www.ccbstaug.org

SALVATION ARMY

Salvation Army's St. Augustine Corps serves the local community by offering homeless services, disaster services, correctional services, holiday assistance, and more. www.salvationarmyflorida.org

Young Life

A Christian-based organization that outreaches to middle school, high school, and college students.

ABOUT Young Life’s mission is to help adolescents grow in their faith. Young Life goes where kids are, builds personal relationships, provides life-changing experiences, and helps young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full potential. HISTORY In 1939, Jim Rayburn, a young Presbyterian youth leader and seminary student in Gainesville, Texas, was given a challenge. A local minister invited him to consider the neighborhood high school as his parish and develop ways of contacting kids who had no interest in church. For more than seven decades, Young Life has grown from one club in Texas to clubs in nearly every corner of the world. WHO IT SUPPORTS Students living in suburban communities, low income under-resourced communities who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, teen moms and babies, or are deaf or blind, through partnerships with the St. Johns County Public School District, Florida School of the Deaf and the Blind, Flagler College, and other community organizations. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $387,073 FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS & EVENTS Blue Water Jewelers Cupcake Fundraiser: Oct 12-16, 2015 →B anquet and Silent Auction: Oct 26, 2015 →P artners in Ministry Dinner: January 2016 →Young Life St. Augustine Golf Tournament: March 2016

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Get Involved... SERVE AS A VOLUNTEER LEADER. ALL AGES NEEDED: HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, ADULT, RETIREE DONATIONS: FOOD FOR WEEKLY PROGRAMMING; BABY SUPPLIES DRIVERS FOR WEEKLY TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMMING NEEDS CALL 904-824-9388 OR VISIT STAUGUSTINE.YOUNGLIFE.ORG TO GET INVOLVED.

“In the transition from middle school to high school to young adults they need a trusted adult who will listen to them and give them good information to make positive decisions.” - Tameka Richardson, Director

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A Focus On Youth Here's a rundown of a few other organizations and projects working in support of our community's population of children and youth members: KIDS BRIDGE A project brought to life by the Junior Service League, Kids Bridge is a supervised family visitation center that offers on-site supervised visits, parent exchange services, and several programs and courses to help strengthen families. The purpose of Kids Bridge is to advocate for children who have been separated from family members and provide a safe place for meaningful visits for those families.

Early Learning Coalition

Works to assure all children, regardless of their parents ability to pay, are in a quality early learning environment.

ABOUT The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida has its admin office in St. Johns. However, this office covers St. Johns, Putnam, Clay, Nassau, Baker and Bradford. It is one of 30 ELCs in the State of Florida and administers subsidized child care. HISTORY Established in 1999 as a more efficient way to administer child subsidies. Often this type of care is done by the State. The State of Florida thought this program could be better administered through a nonprofit structure with each ELC having its own local board of directors. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $25,000,000 + (admin: less than 5 percent) WHO IT SUPPORTS ELC serves nearly 4,000 children, almost 1,000 of these children in St. Johns. Subsidized child care is a subsidy that allows working families, mostly working moms (single parent families predominately) that work but earn at the 150 to 200 percent of poverty level. CURRENT PROGRAMS & NEEDS More funds and more volunteers for Reading Pals, book bags and local literacy events rewards for good grades and good behavior; everyday items including batteries, cleaning products, household items (paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc.).

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www.kids-bridge.org

Get Involved... SPREAD THE WORD: EARLY LEARNING COALITION ADMINISTERS THE VPK (VOLUNTARY PRE-K) PROGRAM WHICH IS FREE TO EVERY FOURYEAR OLD IN FLORIDA. THIS IS NOT BASED ON FAMILY INCOME. VPK IS FOR EVERYONE. TO LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED, VISIT WWW.ELCNORTHFLORIDA.ORG

"We are often looking for local match. When we secure local match, we can match every $6,000 to $94,000. That $5,000 with our match program, could leverage almost $100,000." - Dawn Bell, Director

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. This mission is carried out through a number of educational, arts, and athletic programs.

www.bgcnf.org

LEARN TO READ Learn to Read provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to individuals 16 years of age and older in St. Johns and Putnam Counties. Learn to Read also offers English and conversation classes.

www.ltrstjohns.org


LOCALS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND STUDENT PERFORMANCES, ATHLETIC EVENTS, AND TOUR CAMPUS.

Florida School for the Deaf & Blind

Educates deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students from preschool through 12th grade.

ABOUT The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired children from birth to age 22 years. About two thirds of FSDB students live on the 80 acre campus, located in St. Augustine, Sunday – Thursday, traveling to their homes all across Florida each Friday and returning to campus on Sunday. The remaining students, or ‘day’ students, travel via yellow school bus from St. Johns and immediate surrounding counties to and from their homes each school day. Students follow a typical public school calendar. HISTORY In 1882 Thomas Hines Coleman knew that he wanted to make education his life’s work. Enthusiasm in the heart of Coleman, a state appropriation, and donated land set the stage for the creation of what is now FSDB. The school is now the largest of its type in the U.S. with 47 buildings on nearly 80 acres of land. WHO IT SUPPORTS FSDB provides services to nearly 1,000 children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. Services are provided to children at no cost to students or their families as part of the public education system in Florida. On the St. Augustine campus, FSDB provides pre-school in an Early Learning Center, K– 12 as well as continuing education with an emphasis on life and vocational skills for students until age 22 as part of Florida’s public education system. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: Private Funds Operating Budget 14/15 = $ 1,942,539 General Operating Budget from state = $ 50,203,069 CURRENT NEEDS Financial gifts enhance students’ ability to access educational information and to fully engage in life activities. Private donations fund services not provided by state tax dollars. Gifts are tax deductible. →Financial support is a continual need to ensure vital programs. FSDB maintains a ‘Wish List’ for donations of goods or supplies. Regular needs include socks, athletic shoes, healthy individually packaged snacks (no nuts), drinks & water bottles. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Get Involved... HOST A DRIVE TO COLLECT NEEDED ITEMS INCLUDING SOCKS, SNACKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, TOILETRIES, ETC. BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. CONSIDER PARTNERING WITH US FOR AN EVENT. CHARITABLE DONATIONS ARE GLADLY ACCEPTED BY CHECK (PAYABLE TO FSDB) MAILED TO 207 N. SAN MARCO AVE. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084. LEARN MORE AT WWW.FSDB.K12.FL.US.

“Your gifts make FSDB academically, socially, and life enriching for students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired.” - Jeanne Glidden Prickett, EdD, Director

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Arts

A cornerstone of our community, art comes in many different shapes and sizes. In the performing arts realm, here are organizations to take note of:

LIMELIGHT THEATRE Established in 1992, Limelight Theatre is the only year-round community theatre in town. Limelight hosts a number of performances, in addition to a monthly concert series, special events and children and youth programs.

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS)

www.limelight-theatre.org

Provides residential therapeutic services in a home-like environment to boys ages 6-18 who have mental health diagnoses.

ABOUT SAYS supports boys ages 6-18 with mental health diagnoses who are victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. The goal is to bring children and families together for treatment to work on reunification; to help kids in foster care prepare for adoption; and to help kids in foster care prepare for adulthood. SAYS can provide a home for up to 30 boys. HISTORY SAYS was founded in 1989 and was housed in downtown St. Augustine for 22 years in two connected houses on Saragossa St. After several years of fundraising, SAYS moved into the Hutson Family Campus in March 2013. WHO IT SUPPORTS The majority of children at SAYS have suffered some type of physical and/or sexual abuse or abandonment. Almost all have had multiple placements prior to coming to SAYS (as many as 63), and at least one Baker Act hospitalization. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $2,388,868 CURRENT NEEDS New twin bed sheet sets and comforters (bed in a bag); movie passes and gift cards are welcome for birthdays, rewards for good grades and good behavior; everyday items including batteries, cleaning products, household items (paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent etc).

Get Involved... VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING: HELP WITH PAPERWORK, STUFFING ENVELOPES IN THE FRONT OFFICE, WORKING IN THE SAYS VEGETABLE AND BUTTERFLY GARDENS, TEACHING THE BOYS NEW SKILLS AND TAKING PART IN EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS. VISIT WWW.SAYSKIDS.ORG TO LEARN MORE.

“SAYS is often the "last resort" for boys who have been in multiple failed prior placements, many of whom have not previously received the proper therapeutic interventions and services needed to meet their needs.” -Schuyler Sief ker, Director

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ST. AUGUSTINE BALLET St. Augustine Ballet involves community members in meaningful dance experiences, as dancers or audience members. SAB produces two classical ballets each year, and the cast includes over 100 dancers.

www.saintaugustineballet.com

ST. AUGUSTINE JAZZ SOCIETY The St Augustine Jazz Society was founded in 1989 by a group of musicians and area residents who enjoy jazz and swing music, good fellowship and the opportunity to serve the community. SAJS presents and produces jazz programs and events, bringing musicians and the public together to enjoy, appreciate and learn about jazz.

www.staugustinejazzsociety.org


St. Johns Police Athletic League

Supports cops and kids working together to build a better future.

ABOUT The mission of St. Johns PAL is to reduce crime and instill positive values, character and leadership skills by emphasizing a positive interaction between the youthful participants and law enforcement officers, along with other adult role models. PAL works in cooperation with many local organizations such as the County Recreation Department, St. Johns County School District, United Way of St. Johns County, Juvenile Justice, and many others to offer programs to the youth of our communities. Most programs last 3-4 months, while a few are year-round. HISTORY PAL is one of the oldest citizen-building youth programs in the nation. It builds friendships between law enforcement officers and children within the community and is based on the conviction that young people, if reached early enough, can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. WHO IT SUPPORTS Supports local youth 5 - 18 years of age, through many activities and programs. In 2014-15 PAL provided just over 1,300 program opportunities for these youth. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $125,000 CURRENT NEEDS →Equipment for football 2015 - this includes jerseys and a small amount of helmets Cheerleading - replace 50 sets of Pom Poms for cheerleading program. Lacrosse helmets - replace about 60 helmets that are now 8 years old. Explorers - uniforms, polos & t-shirts. Field maintenance - Field maintenance is provided to local partners in exchange for use. Field Maintenance Cost: $5,000 for 2015-16 season (Sept - Aug)

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Get Involved... VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: COACHING CONCESSIONS STAND, GRILLING AT GAMES. VISIT WWW.STJOHNSPAL.ORG TO LEARN MORE.

“We have the 'P' in PAL. All of our programs are run, overseen by Police Officers and this goes a long way in building positive relationships with these youth,” -Sgt. Rob Gober III

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Support Here’s a quick look at organizations dedicated to supporting the mental health of our community, along with providing resources for those suffering from substance abuse:

Home Again St. Johns

A multi-agency system to alleviate homelessness, by actively engaging homeless individuals in implementing their return to self-sufficiency.

ABOUT Home Again’s mission is to promote, foster and support a collaborative approach among social service and governmental agencies, community groups, faith-based organizations and dedicated private citizens for resolving issues related to homelessness in St. Johns County compassionately, effectively and efficiently. The Vision is to build a one-stop location housing multiple agencies to provide coordinated homeless services. HISTORY Home Again has been operating as a non-profit organization since 2011. The concept of coordinating homeless services at a one-stop location grew out of initial community planning meetings in 2008. WHO IT SUPPORTS Homeless Families, Children, Men, Women, all persons affected by Homelessness and Hunger ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $215,000 CURRENT NEEDS Materials or donations for building of a one-stop center for homeless services and permanent supportive housing in St. Johns County.

VISIT WWW.HOMEAGAINSJ.ORG TO LEARN MORE

Get Involved... DONATE MONETARILY OR DONATE NEW OR GENTLY USED SLEEPING BAGS AND TENTS FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE WOODS AND IN THEIR CARS. VOLUNTEER AT DINING WITH DIGNITY, OR DROP IN CENTER, AN OUTDOOR SHOWER AND LAUNDRY FACILITY. DONATE NEEDED ITEMS LIKE INSECT REPELLENT, SUNSCREEN, DISPOSABLE RAZORS, HAND SANITIZER, TOOTHPASTE, TOOTHBRUSHES, MOUTHWASH, COMBS AND BRUSHES.

“Home Again is coordinating a capital campaign in order to build the One-Stop Center and are looking for investors to ‘Join the Home Team.’ - Gary Petersen, Director

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EPIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE INC. EPIC has been offering substance abuse and mental health services to residents of St. Johns County since 1973. The organization serves children, adolescents, and adults.. In January 2014, EPIC opened the county's only detoxification center. The EPIC Recovery Center is a 16 bed medical facility offering detox, residential and outpatient services.

www.epicbh.org

STEWART-MARCHMANACT - BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE SMA serves a number of area counties, including St. Johns. SMA provides a wide range of addiction and mental health services including: crisis and detoxification, residential, outpatient, prevention, community outreach and education. For more information or to make an appointment call the Access Center 24/7 at (800) 539-4228.

www.SMAbehavorial.org


Wildflower Clinic

Provides free medical and dental care to qualifying St. Johns County residents.

ABOUT The Good Samaritan Health Centers, Inc, Wildflower Clinic offers the following services: Walk-in medical clinics; Women’s clinics; Healthy Lifestyles; Walk-in dental clinics for exams, extractions, and fillings; Dental Hygiene clinics; Mental health counseling; Chiropractic-Neurology consultations; Physical Therapy; Nutritionist consultations; Dermatology clinics for skin cancer screenings; Chronic Care appointments for chronic disease and Diabetes maintenance; Vision screening held bi-monthly in partnership with Vision is Priceless; Smoking Cessation classes offered bi-monthly in partnership with North Florida AHEC; Outreach Clinics held three times weekly to help the homeless residents St Johns County. All of these clinics are staffed primarily by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and clerical personnel. HISTORY The Good Samaritan Health Centers, Inc. started in 1995 by three community leaders to address the need for accessible health care for indigent residents of St. Augustine. In just ten years, the Good Samaritan has expanded from treating just 60 patients per year to a projected 8,000 patients this year. WHO IT SUPPORTS To qualify for free services, patients must not have insurance and must demonstrate St. Johns County Residency. The clinic serves patients ages 18 and up. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $300,000 FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS & EVENTS Harvest Party, November 8; Annual giving program, Heart of Giving, is helping build a network of generous and passionate friends who are able to help provide consistent annual operating funds. CURRENT NEEDS Office Supplies (Postage stamps, Printer paper, Envelopes, Hanging File Folders, White Out Tape, Manila 3-Tab Folders, Pens/Sharpies, Highlighters, etc.); Medical Supplies (OTC medications such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl/anti-itch cream, Triple-antibiotic ointment, Multi-Vitamins, etc.); Hygiene Items (Toothbrushes/Toothpaste, Dental floss, Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer); Clinic Items (Distilled water, Trash bags- all sizes, Lysol disinfecting spray/wipes, Paper Towels) www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Get Involved... VOLUNTEER: QUALIFIED PHYSICIANS, NURSE PRACTITIONERS, DENTISTS, NURSES, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, DENTAL ASSISTANTS, CLERICAL PERSONNEL, GRAPHICS, MEDIA SUPPORT. VISIT WWW.GOODSAMSTAUG. ORG TO LEARN MORE.

"100% Of your generous support goes directly to providing this care to a needy population. Through our unique structure, each dollar of your donation is leveraged 4.5 Times." - Katrina Leonard, Director

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International Reaching Groups In addition to the charities supporting the local community, there are a number of St. Augustine-based groups supporting international missions.

St. Francis House

Provides opportunity and support for individuals to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient through housing and food programs.

ABOUT More than a shelter, St. Francis House provides compassion and basic needs that are the foundation of our history, but most important, providing the opportunity and support that enable our clients to rebuild their lives and become selfsufficient. Services include food, shelter and basic needs. Showers, laundry and mail service are also available. In 2014, 34 families and 546 individuals were housed in shelter. 16 individuals reside in transitional living, 32 in 2014. Food program serves 70-100 lunches daily as well as breakfast and dinner to 60 clients in their residential program HISTORY Established in 1984, St. Francis House is the only emergency shelter serving homeless and less-fortunate individuals and families between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. WHO IT SUPPORTS Homeless and less fortunate, individuals and families. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $1.2 million CURRENT NEEDS Donations: non-perishable food, clothing, towels, hygiene items, razors, clothes, soap; monetary donations.

Get Involved... HOLD A FOOD DRIVE: ONE-TIME, MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY. DONATE MATERIALS OR FUNDS. VOLUNTEER IN A NUMBER OF CAPACITIES. CONTACT KAREN LUNDQUIST, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AT 904-8298937. VISIT WWW.STFRANCISHOUSE. ORG TO LEARN MORE.

“Providing a meal, clothing, and meeting basic human needs is not enough. You can help empower people and help them harness their own strength by supporting St. Francis House.� - Judy Dembowski, Director

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JOY MOJA Founded by Christina Joy, Joy Moja is a St. Augustine-based nonprofit organization that sells handmade products purchased directly from Tanzanian artisans and markets in order to provide educational opportunities and fund educational projects for the children in their communities. Christina personally visits the schools to meet the children, to get a needs/ wish list from the headteacher, and to make sure that all project funds are responsibly allocated.

www.joymoja.com

MADE BY SURVIVORS Founded by Sarah Symons and her husband John in 2005, Made by Survivors has provided jobs, education and shelter to over a thousand survivors of slavery, child marriage, and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand, where human trafficking is a huge problem. Survivors are trained and jobs are created in highly respected professions, with high wages that develop business and entrepreneurial skills.

www.madebysurvivors.com


Health & Aging When it comes to tending to the health and wellbeing of our aging and elderly population, the following organizations extend open arms and provide a number of care programs: COUNCIL ON AGING (COA) St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) provides the community with a number of services and programs including: memory services; meals on wheels dedicated to serving those home-bound; home care; independent living services; and the volunteer-based care connection. Beyond elderly care, COA offers activities, services, programs and opportunities for children, parents, families, friends and neighbors MEALS ON WHEELS Everyday, the COA and a dedicated group of caring volunteers work diligently to provide nutritious meals to the homebound elderly in the St. Augustine/St. Johns County community.

www.coasjc.com

HAVEN HOSPICE Serving the area since 1979, Haven Hospice pioneered freestanding hospice care centers throughout the North Florida region. This not-for-profit, community hospice group is committed to providing end-of-life care and support services. In addition to serving those in hospice care, Haven Hospice offers a number of supporting services to families including grief counseling and workplace support.

www.havenhospice.org

Habitat for Humanity

brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope, striving to create a world where everyone has a place to live.

ABOUT Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that was founded on Christian principles but works with people of all faiths and no faith to build safe, decent, affordable housing with the help of volunteer labor and donations to help purchase construction materials. The homes that are built are sold to qualified homeowners for an affordable monthly mortgage payment. HISTORY Habitat International began in 1976. The Habitat for Humanity affiliate in St. Johns County has built 127 homes since its inception in 1993. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $884,819 WHO IT SUPPORTS Families who make between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income, based on family size. These are the working poor of St. Johns County. Examples: A single person can make between $13,450 and $35,850 annually. A family of four can make between $19,200 and $51,200 whether that is a single mother of three or a couple with two children. CURRENT NEEDS Funds to build a 19 home subdivision that includes both single family homes and townhomes; buildable land; qualified families to apply for our program by filling out a questionnaire online to see if they meet the criteria.

www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Get Involved... BUILD ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE BY SIGNING UP ONLINE, GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE WELCOME. BUSINESSES AND CORPORATIONS CAN SPONSOR A HOUSE IN FULL OR IN PART. CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS CAN INVITE HABITAT TO SPEAK TO THEIR GROUP SO THEY CAN EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHO MAY ACTUALLY QUALIFY FOR A HOME. REFER FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO HABITAT IF YOU THINK THEY MIGHT QUALIFY FOR A HOME. DONATE: MAKE A ONE TIME DONATION OR SET UP A MONTHLY RECURRING DONATION ONLINE.

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BETTY GRIFFIN HOUSE HAS A 24 HOUR HOTLINE. THE NUMBER IS (904) 824-1555.

Animal Welfare The following nonprofit organizations work in support of the otherwise homeless pet population.

Betty Griffin House

Providing services in St. Johns County to victims of domestic and sexual abuse for 25 years.

ABOUT The primary purpose of the agency is to provide holistic services that directly relate to the victims’ experience of abuse which will increase safety and security for both the victim and the family. Betty Griffin House also provides a Sexual Assault Recovery Program for advocacy, service management, legal representation, rape crisis unit forensic exams, advocacy coordination and crisis counseling services. WHO IT SUPPORTS As a full service domestic and sexual abuse center, Betty Griffin House provides information and referral, a 24-hour crisis hotline, court advocacy, civil legal representation, individual and group counseling and other support services to shelter residents and non-residents. In addition, BGH community educators provide primary prevention education on domestic abuse and sexual assault in the community and St. Johns County School District K-12, and local colleges. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $3,121,563 CURRENT NEEDS Operating dollars for community programs; funds to purchase a van to transport participants. Donations of twin sheets, socks and underwear as well as items for Betty Griffin thrift stores. DROP OFF DONATED ITEMS FOR VICTIMES TO THE BETTY GRIFFIN OUTREACH CENTER AT 1375 ARAPAHO AVENUE

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Get Involved... TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ABUSE. SUPPORT OTHERS WITHOUT JUDGMENT AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO SEEK HELP. SUPPORT BETTY GRIFFIN HOUSE EVENTS, VOLUNTEER AND DONATE. CALL 904-808-8544 FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR VISIT WWW. BETTYGRIFFINHOUSE.ORG.

“Last year, with donations from the community, Betty Griffin House was able to provide 12,337 nights in shelter, 1,420 hours of legal advocacy for 222 petitioners, answer more than 1,900 hotline calls, provide 3,081 hours of counseling services and provide 513 community/ school presentations.” -Joyce Mahr, Director

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S.A.F.E. Founded in September 2008, S.A.F.E.'s goal is saving adoptable dogs and cats from euthanasia in Northeast Florida. SAFE has saved more than 7,000 lives of pets. S.A.F.E. foster homes provide a haven until adoption. The majority of S.A.F.E's pets come from animal control facilities in the Northeast Florida area. As soon as the pets in the program get adopted, S.A.F.E. goes back to take more. www.safe-pet-rescule-fl.com

AYLA'S ACRES NO-KILL ANIMAL RESCUE INC. Along with education, outreach, adoption and fostering programs, Ayla’s Acres maintains a 45acre sanctuary where “unadoptable” animals may live out their lives with peace, love, and dignity. They recently launched a $2.6 million dollar capital campaign to raise funds to build Peter’s Friends Animal Resource Center in St. Johns County. Ayla’s Acres receives no government funding, relying instead on private donations of money, supplies, and items that are sold through their thrift shop, Ayla’s Acres Thrift Shop (142 King Street.). www.aylasacres.org


Community Support Groups If you're looking to join forces with other community members with a shared focused on giving back, consider the following... ST. AUGUSTINE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS The Saint Augustine Young Professionals Organization is a group of local 21-45 year old men and women who are not only working to be the best in what they do, they are working to give back to the community through a number of efforts and events. The group's Womanless Beauty Pageant Event raises upwards of $15,000 for local charities annually. www.staug ypo.com JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE The Junior Service League of St. Augustine, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, and participation in community affairs. Founded almost 75 years ago, the League upholds the traditions and legacy of their organization in promoting the privilege of volunteerism in St. Johns County. www.jslofstaugustine.org ROTARY Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace. www.rotary.org

Velo Fest

Community initiative aiming to create a mutually beneficial space for cyclists and non cyclists.

ABOUT Velo Fest was once an event, but became a movement thanks to many members and community partnerships spanning public and private sectors. HISTORY Founded in 2012 after a fellow rider, Bryan Wrigley, was killed in a still unsolved hit and run, founder Heather Neville decided to create an event that would be so big that you couldn't ignore it. What came next was a series of events, from 5000 free bicycle route maps to children's helmet fittings, that ultimately 5 years later has our local roads flooded with bicycles of all types. ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET: $45,000 COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & EVENTS Bikes & Books, Bike Rodeo & Helmet Fitting, Bike St. Augustine, St. Johns County Bike Route Map, bicycle parking for small non profit events, and community presentations. CURRENT NEEDS Funding for administrative assistance; new computer and professional software for creating marketing materials; helmet donations for every elementary school student over a two-year span.

Get Involved... VELOTEERING IS SIMPLE. SHARE THE MESSAGE. SHARE IT ON FACEBOOK, EMAIL IT, WEAR A T-SHIRT WHILE RIDING YOUR BIKE. ANYONE CAN JOIN THE MOVEMENT. VISIT WWW.VELOFEST.ORG TO LEARN MORE.

“Riding a bicycle, whether 8 or 80, should be accessible to all without intrinsic fear that someone driving a car will happenstance hit them.” -Heather Neville, Founder

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Style DAYTRIPPER BAG Meet Yield Design Co.'s classic Daytripper bag. This weekenderstyle bag boasts a large open compartment and single wide interior pocket sized to easily accommodate everything you could need for a fall picnic at the beach, a laptop if you're working on the go, or overnight items for an impromptu getaway. This versatile bag, available in Stone, Black, or Natural Canvas, is made with heavyweight US-made water resistant duck canvas and vegetable tanned US-made leather straps. Dimensions: 19" x 13" x 5" 10" Strap Drop Not only is the bag equal parts stylish and functional, it is crafted right here in St. Augustine at Yield's retail + studio space on West King.

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PINK PRODUCT PICKS In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we encourage you to show your support in pink! Here's a round up of our favorite locally sourced products in nearly every shade of the color that has become synonymous with finding a cure.

LIP GLOSS Try this Aveda lipgloss the perfect pout.

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BRACELET Chic pink leather, Yes please!

Available at Debbie's Day Spa and Salon POLISH Our favorite girly shade of pink.

HAND RELIEF Bring relief to your dry hands and help raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

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BRACELET A keepsake Alex + Ani piece in support of Breast Cancer Research.

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SHIRT A delicate fabric, design and color too.

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RUNNING The weather is gradually cooling off, and more races are popping up on the calendar. What better time to lace up and get your running game on. Here's a look at some gear to sport this season.

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ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS As we enter the season of entertaining, look to local retailers for the perfect homemaking essentials and tablesetting wares. RUM

Available at St. Augustine Distillery

SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER

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Amistad seeks to make a difference both at home and around the world through each and every product sold. Located on Anastasia Island, Amistad lives up to its name, meaning friendship. Here you'll find a unique collection of handcrafted fair trade products by artisans from around the world, along with products made closer to home in the U.S. and even locally in St. Augustine. From linens to metal art, at Amistad, every item gives back, and carries its own unique story. Owner Susan Herrera loves sharing these stories with each individual who walks through the door of her shop.

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A Seaside Dream Home A blend of art, architecture and serene seascape, this Sea Colony home is a dream for owner Renee Inge.

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This upstairs deck directly overooks the Atlantic and is where Renee spends much of her time enjoying the view.


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Renee Inge and her husband lived in the Texas Hill countryside, overlooking hundreds of acres of ranch land. Although they thought this would be their forever home, after losing Bob to a sudden illness, the plan shifted and Renee found herself drawn to laid-back, sunny St. Augustine. While visiting the area, she contacted a realtor and their first stop was Sea Colony. For Renee, "That visit ended the hunt." She was taken by the community's beautiful, well planned, colorful surroundings, steps away from the ocean. Here, she bought a "cottage" as well as the adjoining lot for privacy. Though she first thought it might be "too late" in life to build a home from scratch, after serving on the community's architectural review board, Renee met both a builder and architect who spoke her language and before she knew it, plans were in motion. "Building a house can be stressful, but it can also be a rewarding, creative project," said Renee. Renee worked closely with architect Michael Stauffer, as well as Cora Johnston of Generation Homes to bring her vision to life. The finished product is Renee's seaside dream home. "My home is my sanctuary because I designed it to highlight art and special pieces that my husband and I acquired over a lifetime of traveling - as well as incorporating contemporary pieces, such as photo art, that capture the beauty of St Augustine, and life by the ocean."

Owner: Renee Inge Size: 3,000 square feet Amenities: 3 bed, 3.5 bath Year Built: Completed Feb. 2015 Architect: Michael Stauffer Builder: Generation Homes

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Sea Colony's colorful schematic and proximity to the ocean won Renee's heart .


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DESIGN STYLE The house presents a clean, contemporary design, with traditional elements such as oversized trim and wood beams so that rooms change character depending on the furnishings. Floors are white washed oak capable of being both formal and beachy. COLOR INSPIRATION Before Renee moved into her home, she purchased a large Anne Packard Canvas for the dining room. It became the color palette for the first floor interior colors. ALL ABOUT THE ART At the heart of Renee's design choices for her home is a collection of art from near and far. "Good art can be the easiest way to change a room without purchasing large pieces of furniture," said Renee.

Renee's home blends contemporary furnishings with a beachy feel.

When guests enter Renee's home, the first thing they see is a large floating glass piece with etched jellyfish, created by artist Kyle Goodwin, who Renee met at the Farmer's Market. This functional and intentional collaborative art piece serves as an ideal divide between the entry and living spaces.

No surface is left untouched by artistic accent pieces.

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I use the upstairs outside deck in the morning with a coffee, streaming NPR Radio, and reading newspapers. I'm frequently back up there at 5 p.m. with friends, to share wine and laughter.


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Bead textile adorning the stairwell was designed by Peggy Ward of the Bead Chick.

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My favorite room is the upstairs living area because of its beautiful views, and it contains many marine antiques that remind me of my sailing days on the Chesapeake Bay.

Renee likes to think of downstairs as having a South of France look, since it includes many pieces she and her husband purchased in Europe.

One of Renee's prized pieces is this wiggle chair, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, found in a kitchen store in France.


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Renee boasts great enthusiasm toward the many local artists she has managed to work with, and those she has recently discovered. "A number of our artist residents live and do their work here, but sadly don't have a St. Augustine gallery presence." Renee is doing her part to ensure their works get plenty of time in the light on her own walls. UPSTAIRS LIVING Upstairs has a Caribbean feel with cabinetry designed to look as if it belongs on a fine yacht. This living area also boasts its own display of artwork and accents. The pulls are authentic sailboat cleats. Marine antiques were purchased locally, and pillows and throws help to emphasize an “island look.” GUEST QUARTERS One of the guest bedrooms features local artist Tripp

A peek into Renee's walk-in closet, just off of the master bath. Perfectly styled and the envy of nearly every girl in the history of time.

Harrison’s canvas, titled “Conch Boat,” as the focal point. Another bedroom is decorated around local photographer Tom Tibbitt’s work. “His soft, silvery photos against the silver sage walls give calm to the room, yet bring St. Augustine scenery into play,” said Renee.

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Ultimately, each and every inch of the home is a reflection of Renee’s past experiences blended with artistic inspirations derived from her present surroundings—St. Augustine scenery.

The entire gallery of images from this photoshoot online

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On November 1, this local running duo is taking on the New York City marathon. It will be the first time either has run 26.2 miles. With the support of Achilles International, this race is a dream made possible for Dan. Photography by Brian Miller

“I wasn't sure I could ever complete the rigorous training and make it this distance. However throughout this training process and with the support of Ryan I now believe I can." - Dan Kelly

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Meet Ryan Cornelison of Corner Construction, and Dan Kelly, of Kelly Electric. The two St. Augustine High School graduates and local business owners are longtime friends and are taking on their first ever full marathon together this fall in NYC. Over the past four years of running together, they’ve completed three half marathons and three Gate River 15Ks together. The NYC Marathon is a dream realized for Dan, who is visually impaired. In partnership with Achilles International, Ryan will be serving as Dan’s guide for this monumental event. Rather than using a tether system, in their years of training together, they have naturally established a method where they maintain their pace and Ryan gives Dan a verbal heads up if there's anything in their path such as curbs, steps, people, etc., and he adjusts accordingly. For the NYC Marathon, the two are preparing to maneuver around an estimated 48,000 people. Beyond this race being a milestone accomplishment for both Ryan and Dan, it's also a mission to support fellow athletes. Dan is raising money for Achilles International, to support athletes with various disabilities in bringing their dreams to life. Visit www.crowdrise.com/ AchillesIntlNYC2015 to donate to Dan's fundraising page for Achilles. READ A FULL INTERVIEW WITH DAN AND RYAN ON STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM NOW.

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In high school, Stacy was the only girl on the baseball team at Pedro Menendez . Stacy played in her first World Cup with the U.S. Women’s Baseball Team in 2012 in Edmonton, Canada. She’s since played in a second World Cup in 2014 in Miyazaki, Japan (both silver medal wins), and most recently, the PanAm games in Toronto, Canada, where she pitched a no-hitter against Puerto Rico (gold medal win).

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STACY PIAGNO This St. Augustine little league player turned baseball star recently helped lead the U.S.A. Women’s Baseball team to a gold medal in the 2015 PanAm games. Despite facing pushback within a male-dominated sport, Stacy's baseball journey has been and continues to be one of dedication, passion, and resilience.

We play on the same size fields as the men (including 400ft fences) and we even have girls who hit home runs! We turn double plays, make diving plays, all that fancy stuff. What's up next? World Cup, Summer 2016 - Seoul, South Korea. In 2019 we will have another PanAm in Peru. We have not been accepted into the Summer Olympics yet, but our next opportunity is 2020 in Tokyo, Japan! Fingers crossed.

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How long have you played ball? My dad signed me up for little league (around age 5) and since then I just stuck with it. I played in a local travel PAL league, and it carried into high school, and college. I got hooked up with the U.S.A. team in the summers. When did you discover your pitching skill? When we got to the age where players could pitch. I soon learned that I had great accuracy and could throw the ball hard. Favorite Pitch: Knuckle Curve

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What keeps you passionate about the sport? Growing up I had to fight to play this sport. People would always tell me I had to or should play softball because that is what girls played. I felt as though I always had to work twice as hard as the guys, just to be even with them. I have my heart in this sport. What's one misconception you face as a female baseball player? I think sometimes society thinks because we are girls playing it is not as entertaining as men, or we are not as athletic, or the rules are different for us.

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What advice would you offer to aspiring athletes? If you love to play the sport and want to be successful, you have to put in the effort. You will have ups and downs, but never give up if you love doing it. When you're not playing ball you're usually... I like to paint portraits as a side job, along with graphic design and my newest job - Ghost Tours! (Come see us on a Ghostly Encounter at the Love Tree Cottage on Cordova St.) I also like to play ukulele and piano.


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Day In the Life

LETTI BOZARD At Bozard Ford Lincoln, the concept of family and building community connections never strays far from Letti Bozard's mind. As the Vice President of Community Involvement and Customer Strategy, she spends her days juggling the demands of the family-owned and operated car dealership. By Lindsay Larin | Photography by Rob Futrell

Located near the St. Augustine Premium Outlets, the dealership has been in the Bozard family for over 60 years, since Letti's grandparents first opened shop in 1949. Her father later took over the business and Letti came on board around 15 years ago, gaining experience in the service department, sales and finance, community relations and eventually in the role she manages today. These days, she works to find new ways to integrate the family business into the community, by cultivating strong employee engagement and creating a loyal customer base, all while having fun. For Letti, that last part is key. “I work side by side with Jeff King, our Vice President and Operating General Manager, on both traditional marketing (which we do very little of) and marketing through community outreach, our main focus,” she explained. “I’m very big picture, always asking, how can we better get involved with the community and have fun at the same time?” It took a few years of trial and error before Letti was finally able to see the returns on the company’s new approach to a more grass-roots type of marketing. The commitment to the community, employees and their customers has paid off and has allowed Letti to look for new ways to add fun into the mix.

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"We want our employees to feel proud of where they work. We want them to feel engaged. And we want them to be part of things we do in the community. I want them to understand what our vision is and what our goals are and that we're all rowing the boat in the same direction."

MORNING BUZZ Letti launches into her busy days the same way every morning, grabbing a jolt of caffeine courtesy of the Kookaburra Coffee Shop on her way to the dealership. She then hits the ground running, touching base with various managers, checking emails and answering the endless flood of phone calls that pour into her office everyday. She keeps an open door policy for the 145 employees who work at Bozard Ford Lincoln and makes sure to take a timeout every now and then to hit up the company ping-pong table, located in the center of the dealership showroom. “There are times we’ve had meetings and worked on problem-solving all while having ping-pong paddles in our hands,” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Letti said, laughing. “It’s how we do things around here. Having fun allows the creativity to flow.” CUSTOMER FOCUS One of Letti’s main focuses is working on the strategy behind providing a quality customer experience every time. “My job doesn’t necessarily entail a sitdown, lets look at the report approach. It’s taking the time to really listen to employee feedback and hearing what the customer needs. I’ll take a call from any customer at any time. My hope is that my managers have been empowered to handle it just as well as I could, but if it helps in any way for me to be there, I’m there one hundred percent.”


“WE'VE HAD MEETINGS AND WORKED ON PROBLEM-SOLVING ALL WHILE HAVING PING-PONG PADDLES IN OUR HANDS. IT'S HOW WE DO THINGS AROUND HERE."

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT As a result of taking a less traditional approach to marketing, the majority of the company’s advertising dollars are directed towards community events, initiatives, and partnerships around St. Augustine. “Our community- where we work, live and play- is what we’ve been focusing on these past five years,” Letti explained. “We started by supporting local schools, sports teams and organizations. We wanted to find ways to give back and build a trusting relationship out in the community and overcome the stereotype of a typical car dealership.” Letti quickly discovered this town was overflowing with great event opportunities

and ways to get involved. Bozard Ford Lincoln stepped up as the title sponsor for the Rhythm and Ribs Festival for the past couple of years as well as sponsoring the Celtic Festival, various gala fundraising events, 5K runs and more. Letti also serves on a number of Boards on her own personal time, including INK (Investing In Kids, formerly the St. Johns County Education Foundation) and the local Boys and Girls Club. EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT The community-focused culture that Letti has helped build has continued to inspire her company’s employees to seek out new opportunities and ways to get involved and make a difference locally. “I love when www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

they pitch me new ideas or they are excited about an opportunity that presents itself,” she said. “We want our employees to feel proud of where they work. We want them to feel engaged. And we want them to be part of things that we do in the community. I want them to understand what our vision is and what our goals are and that we’re all rowing the boat in the same direction.” With so many positive avenues already in motion, it opens up more time for Letti to turn her attention to employee engagement and fostering the best customer experience possible. Whether a vendor, a customer, an employee or supplier, her goal is to make sure every interaction that takes place at the dealership is fun and light. “You’re going to come here because you’re looking to buy a car or need to get your car serviced," she said. "That’s the transaction, but the experience you have while you’re here doing that is what we get to dictate. Let’s focus on quality, but have fun while we’re at it.” 540 Outlet Mall Blvd, www.bozardford.com

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Family Favorites

THE DAVIS FAMILY

This family of six remains active in the community between athletic endeavors, church, homeschooling and leisurely fun. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Davis family. It was the love of sports that originally brought Greg and Allison together. While Allison was playing basketball at the University of Central Florida, the two met at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership meeting. This was the beginning of their life together. Upon moving to St. Augustine 10 years ago they immediately became involved with the Coquina Church Family as it was taking shape. Today, along with remaining heavily involved with Coquina, they homeschool their school-age children as part of a Classical Conversations co-op group. The youngest member of their family, Nico, was adopted in July 2014. At the beginning of 2015, The Davis Family they became co-owners of a startpictured: Greg (Dad) 40, up gym near World Golf Village, called The Exchange. In between Allison (Mom) 38, Gabriella it all, they make time to experience 12, Matthew 10, Alexander all sides of the St. Augustine 7, Nicholas 14 months community as a family.

When we have out-of-town guests, we always.... Stroll St. George Street. There

is always a story to tell about a historical point of interest and plenty of cafe stops for coffee or ice cream. Stopping in at The Theatre Magic Show Shop for a quick magic show is a kid favorite.

Favorite Free Thing To Do Around Town...

We love going to the public libraries. The fact that we have easy access to so much wonderful literature is something that we try not to take for granted.

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Favorite Family Restaurant...

Gas Full Service Restaurant! Their staff is super family friendly and they offer a creative menu with fresh, quality ingredients that satisfies our family's diverse appetites.

Favorite Place for Dessert...

On a Rainy Day You'll Find Us...

We camp out at the house, make a meal together, or read books. The IMAX Theater in World Golf Village is also a fun escape for us. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

We enjoy Hyppo Pops and The Chocolate Turtle, for different reasons. We love Hyppo Pops because...who doesn't? And sharing a slice of double chocolate cake or Snickers cheesecake from The Chocolate Turtle is our favorite way to end a walk around downtown.


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How I Got Here

JULIANA KOUTOUZAKIS By Lindsay Larin | Photography by Rob Futrell

For this top stylist, educator, and Creative Director at Panache Salon and Spa, the passion for hair began at an early age, with the help of sponge rollers. By Lindsay Larin | Photography by Rob Futrell

now called First Coast Technical College.

For Juliana Koutouzakis, the passion for hair first began back in elementary school, when she styled her own hair with a set of sponge rollers her mother gave her. Her early styling ambitions soon led to experimenting with coloring and haircuts that left her parents at a loss for words. “I’ve always seen myself doing hair. By the time I was a teenager I was giving myself hairstyles that my parents didn’t exactly approve of, but it was always a phase I was going through and then I was on to the next look,” she said, with a smile and a shrug. Her passion didn’t dwindle over the years and by the time she approached her senior year of high school, she pursued her goal of attending a local beauty school, what is

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UNWAVERING FOCUS An unexpected turn of events could have altered her career plans, but Koutouzakis stayed focused on her training despite learning she was pregnant. She had her son just shy of finishing her college courses. Although it was difficult at the time, she counts herself lucky for being in the position to launch into a career at the age of 18. “Thankfully my family was very supportive with what I wanted to do and helped me take care of my baby so I could complete the last few hours of beauty school and get right to work,” she explained, adding, “That doesn’t happen to many people, where you have a career at 19-years-old and are able to go to work and support yourself and your child.” Koutouzakis continued to work in the hair styling industry, today having accumulated nearly two decades at Panache Salon

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and Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon. Now as the Creative Director, she fuses her love for hair and her artistic skills by leading a creative team on visual presentations consisting of salonsponsored events and live fashion shows. They partner with local businesses, upand-coming artists, fashion designers and college students to showcase their work to the community. The creative team also collaborates on four editorial presentations a year, working together to come up with the overall theme for each project. They then submit the finished product to industry magazines in hopes of getting the images published. “That’s what we shoot for, the possibility of publishing, but if not, we will put the images on our social media pages and use them in our salon or for local advertising,” she said. BUILDING UPON CREATIVE STRENGTH Stepping into the role of Creative Director for Panache came about organically for Koutouzakis. Her years of hair styling


“I'M INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL TO WAKE UP EVERY DAY AND WORK WHERE I DO. IT'S THE MOST REWARDING JOB.”

experience and consistency granted her a loyal customer base and a shining reputation at the salon, but she was still in search of an additional creative outlet. She began playing around with different artistic-inspired looks and mediums on her own time. It began with a small collection of wigs made out of colorful paper that she and a photographer friend captured on models and entered into a competition. Koutouzakis recognized how much fun she had with the experience and began brainstorming the next project. As the projects began to grow in scale, she enlisted help from other stylists and it slowly evolved into an official title at the salon. “It all started as a sort of hobby of mine, but it really added a whole new level of fun when I brought in new perspectives and creative ideas by including other stylists into the mix,” she explained. “The project had so much more depth and it became a richer ending result.” In addition to the large-scale events and quarterly visual presentations, Koutouzakis also styles for editorial spreads in local magazines and has done stage work for the Aveda company. She also holds the title as

“I've always seen myself doing hair. By the time I was a teenager I was giving myself hairstyles that my parents didn't exactly approve of, but it was a phase I was going through and then I was on to the next look."

“Best Hairstylist” of St. Augustine for eleven years straight by the St. Augustine Record and is the first to give kudos to other stylists brave enough to take on the less than ideal Florida elements when it comes to hair. “Between the sun, the humidity and the hard water here, you really have to have a good understanding and respect for the conditions in which you’re working. Florida stylists have skills,” she said with a laugh. It’s clear that Koutouzakis is passionate about what she does and feels very at home in the role she’s stepped into as Creative Director at Panache Salon and the St. Augustine community as a whole. She recognizes that

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it not only takes years of experience and dedication to become a top stylist, but it also takes patience, consistency and a lot of hard work. Above all, it takes an unrestrained love for what you do. “I really connect to this place and I’m incredibly grateful to wake up every day and work where I do. It’s the most rewarding job,” she added. “I get to see people happy and loving their hair. They leave our salon with a little extra bounce in their step, just shining with an added confidence as they head towards their car. It’s a very small moment that fills me with incredible joy.” Anastasia Plaza, 1089 A1A Beach Blvd www.getpanache.com

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Every bag of coffee sold goes to improve the lives of farmers in Kenya and beyond. Read more of the Growers Allliance story now at StAugustineSocial.com...

sell, 10% goes back to the villages. Here they work on a number of projects, with the aid of other non-profit groups. In addition to ongoing clean water projects, this year, the project is to build a permanent structure for an HIV positive orphanage.

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GROWERS ALLIANCE Led by Martin Kabaki and Purity Gikunju, Growers Alliance shows how one cup of coffee can sustain a community of coffee growers. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell Locally, Martin and Purity are dedicated to satisfying customers with cup after cup of fair-trade, organic coffee. Globally, they are working to support an alliance of coffee growers in their home country of Kenya (and beyond), as well as giving back to their own villages via charitable projects. After moving from Kenya to Florida separately in 1999, they each began their own coffee ventures. Upon meeting in 2002, the two teamed up and turned these ventures into a shared vision. “We realized we both were doing separate things but

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To learn more about the work Growers Alliance is doing in their home country and beyond, visit GrowersAlliance.com.

with the same mission and same goal. So we said why don’t we combine efforts,” said Martin. Growers Alliance was born.

Martin and Purity believe in the power of education and frequently take groups from the U.S. on Kenyan coffee safaris. “It’s one thing to say fair trade coffee, but it’s another thing for people to go there and see it in action and say wow, this is how it’s affecting the poor people in the village,” said Martin. Upcoming trips include working with university students from St. Augustine and other community members.

GLOBAL IMPACT They moved from selling beans to outside roasters, to bringing the whole process in house, so they could offer single origin, unblended, straight up coffee, as it comes from the farmers. The goal was to help sustain co-ops of small-scale coffee farmers by paying fair wages to improve their conditions, removing the middle man, and providing them an avenue to market their coffee in the U.S. The focus was, and remains, co-ops that are both organic and fair trade certified. In addition to Kenyan coffee, this alliance has grown to support farmers in Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

LOCAL PRESENCE Becoming more present in the St. Augustine community has been a natural desire for the two. They will soon have a permanent location that will serve as the cornerstone of their operations on Anastasia Island.

Through their coffee not only do they change the lives of farmers, but entire communities. For every bag of coffee they

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“We are very happy our first ever coffee shop is going to be in St. Augustine," said Martin. Here they will also be able to give local customers an up close look at roasting. Until then, their coffee truck remains on site at this location during the weekdays, from 7 am - 2 pm. Every Saturday they are at Old City Farmers Market.


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WHITE PARTY Palencia Dental hosted a fundraiser for The Junior Service League of St. Augustine at a quaint waterfront venue.

Carol Staples, Karen Glenos, Dr. Bobby Thousand

Images by Ana Bak Photography THE OCCASION Dr. Stephanie Kinsey of Palencia Dental was nominated as a candidate for Queen of the Junior Service League of St. Augustine's annual gala. In her quest for queen, she is challenged with raising money for the JSL and a charity of her choice, The Wildflower Clinic. Dr. Kinsey hosted a "Filling the Gap White Party" fundraiser on August 22. Guests, all dressed in white, mingled with friends at a private venue overlooking the San Sebastian River and were treated to music til midnight, cold drinks and sizzling hot appetizers to help rock the night away. If she is crowned Queen, $5,000 will be donated to The Wildflower Clinic.

Andrea Shah and Katey Anderson

Bianca and Mike Evans

Dr. Stephanie Kinsey & Nicole Grossling

June and Howard Entman

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Marcia Catlett and Nicole Grossling

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Dr. Jimmy Glenos and Karen Glenos


2015 Art & Antiques Show December 3 - 6, 2015 Presented by The Women’s Board to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Thursday, December 3

Saturday, December 5

5:30 - 8 pm Sneak Peek 6:30 pm Doors open for Alexa Von Tobel 6:45 pm Alexa Von Tobel, Guest Speaker

10 - 11 am Lecture, Richard Keith Langham, If These Walls Could Talk 1:30 - 2:30 pm Lecture and Book Signing, Barbara Westbrook, Every House Has a Story

(Guest Speaker ticket holders and Benefactors only)

Friday, December 4

10 am - 3 pm Show Hours

10 - 11 am Lecture and Book Signing, Alexa Hampton, Decorating in Detail 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lecture, Juli Catlin & William Nash, Florida Architecture and Style: From Ponce de Leon to Lilly Pulitzer

(ASID credit, 3.0 CEU Florida State Approved)

6:30 - 7:30 pm Benefactor Reception 7:30 - 11:30 pm Opening Night Party with The RiverTown Band (Ticket holders and Benefactors only)

10 am – 5:30 pm Show Hours

Sunday, December 6

11:30 am - 5 pm Show Hours 1 - 2 pm Lecture and Book Signing, Dr. J. Michael Francis, Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in Spanish Florida 2:30 - 4 pm ¡Vivan Los Niños! Children’s Fashion Show, featuring current and former patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital with Special Entertainment 4 - 5 pm Children’s Fashion Show Reception

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450TH CELEBRATIONS Guests of honor gathered under the sponsor tent just steps from the main stage during September's 450th Celebration.

Christine Chapman, Delinda Fogel, Steve Chapman, Lauren Abell, Erin Warrell

Images by Laryssa Gobets THE OCCASION Corporate and media sponsors sipped signature cocktails, crafted with St. Augustine Distillery's finest liquors, and mingled in comfort inside a temperature controlled tent, thanks to All American Air. The Casa Monica served up tasty bites, including made-to-order paella (a Spanish St. Augustine favorite!), through the night. Sponsors enjoyed musical acts like Aaron Neville and Emmylou Harris with plenty of room to dance on the lawn behind the concert goers. On their way out, sponsors picked up a commemorative tote stocked with 450th essentials – most notably the September issue of St. Augustine Social!

Jeff Southmayd and Heather Spuhler

Wolfgang and Miki Schau

Heather and Andrew Vreeland

Peggy Bailey and John D. Bailey, Sr.

Kathy Burnett and Tyler Burnett

John Burnfield and Iris Partelpoeg

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Don your mask & celebrate the 450th anniversary of Saint Augustine

Saturday, October 17, 2015 Lightner Museum Purchase tickets online today at jslgala.com JSLGala JSLofSA Let’s be social!

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SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL Imagine a room filled with the smell of outstanding Spanish food, tapas from every region of Spain, prepared and served by eight of the finest restaurants in St. Johns County. That was Vino Veritas.

Dan Kumler and friends

Images by Sean Kelly Conway THE OCCASION As part of the much anticipated 2015 St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival, at Vino Veritas guests sampled outstanding wines from the Iberian Peninsula and delicious tapas, and met one-on-one with Spanish winemakers and chefs to learn the secrets of world-class Spanish wine and cuisine. The sold out event took place at The Treasury on the Plaza. Michael’s Tasting Room Executive Chef and owner, Michael Lugo, led an all-star cast of local restaurateurs who served tapas during this year’s event. Proceeds from the event go to support Catholic Charities.

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JACK SUESS BORN: February 27, 1931 Yoakum, TX BRANCH OF SERVICE: Marine Corps YEARS OF SERVICE: 30 POSITION/DUTIES: Sergeant with 1st Combat Engineers and Platoon Gunny Sergeant WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: I was at the Texas State Fair and a Marine asked if I wanted to go to China, I said yes. I was 15 yrs old.

"Serving in the military made me a responsible person. It gave me a love of my country too."

OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: Occupation of China in the utilities platoon; Munsun-ni, Korean War; Da Nang, Vietnam War VALUE OF SERVICE: Protecting our freedoms. Serving in the military made me a responsible person. It gave me a love of my country too. LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES: Rebuilding the roads to the Freedom Gate Bridge. in Minsun-ni Korea. The ice had melted and the roads turned to mud. We needed the roads for our troops for the resistance. Everyone had to work around the clock regardless of rank. I was injured and sent to a mash unit. They told me to go to the ship hospital so I hitchhiked with my gear. There I was treated and then I sailed on the ship to Japan. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE? My daughter lives here. I live in an assisted living facility. Although I am 84 years old, I keep up with what our military is doing.


STEVE PARR BORN: July 16, 1962 Queens, NY BRANCH OF SERVICE: United States Navy YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 POSITION/DUTIES: Sonar Technician 1st Class TELL US HOW YOU FOUND YOURSELF IN THE MILITARY: I didn't have much interest in going to college, and I knew I didn't want to be stuck working in a liquor store on Long Island my whole life, so I looked into, and eventually joined the Navy. WHAT CONFLICTS/OPERATIONS HAVE YOU SERVED IN? I was deployed to Desert Storm in 1991. I was stationed on board the USS Adroit (MSO 509), which was an old 1950's era minesweeper. I was a Sonar Supervisor, leading a team of operators who would detect, mark and neutralize underwater mines, often within sight of the Kuwaiti and Iraqi coastlines. LIFELONG IMPACT: I'm far more disciplined than I think I would've been without my military experience. It also taught me how to work with diverse groups of people, which prepared me for the working world after the military. LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES: The first time I deployed, on the USS Chandler (DDG 996) in 1984, we went to the Philippines; Olangapo, to be precise. Right outside the main gate of the US Navy base there was an entire city of abject poverty which seemed to exist solely because the existence of the base. It was a stark, visual reminder to never take anything for granted. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE VALUE OF SERVING ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY? I consider it a deep honor to have had the privilege to wear the uniform. I retired in 2001, so there's the obvious value of benefits and a pension and such, but that's not why I chose to serve. I chose to serve because I truly believed that serving my country was the right thing to do.

"The military taught me how to work with diverse groups of people, which prepared me for the working world."


SAILOR CHER BORN: May, 31, 1952 Cheverly, Maryland BRANCH OF SERVICE: United States Navy YEARS OF SERVICE: 16 years POSITION/DUTIES: Journalist First Class; 8148 photojournalist (Syracuse U graduate) WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: I wanted to get to California because I was in love with a guy who went to UC Santa Barbara. In my 18-year-old mind, I thought the only way to get there was to join the Navy and have them send me there. They did. OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: As a photojournalist, I experienced things that the average sailor didn’t. I covered presidential visits, dignitaries, celebrities, VIPs, major news events, very cool stuff like that, as well as writing stories and shooting photos that were published in publications all over the world. I did three tours in San Diego; I was with the Recruiting District in Denver, Colorado; I pushed boots as a company commander at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando (“helping with a smooth transition from civilian to military life.”), and I graduated from the military photojournalist program at Syracuse University followed by a tour as a photojournalist with Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo during the end of the Vietnam Conflict. My big gig there was covering the Baby Lift when Saigon fell. Pretty emotional stuff.

"I think a lot of people take our way of life for granted. Freedom ain’t free."

VALUE OF SERVICE: Timeliness, attention to detail, and appreciation. My time in the Navy exposed me to different cultures and lifestyles, giving me an appreciation for what we have in this country. Sanitation and clean drinking water are things we take for granted here. The right to disagree-priceless! I feel everyone should give back to their country and community. Just two years serving in some capacity. It doesn’t have to be in a uniformed service. It could be the Peace Corps or a humanitarian mission, or even participating in a local beach clean-up. LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES: I’ve had so many diverse experiences that I still think about – all incredible in their own right. It was incredibly infuriating to be spit upon in the 70s because I wore a military uniform. (So opposite to how we treat our military now.) Incredibly moving when the POWs came home. Incredibly scary during the last build-up of Vietnam when I went to work and almost every ship had pulled out. Incredibly proud as I saluted my newly graduated recruits as they passed in review after completing boot camp. LLIFE TODAY AS A VETERAN IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY: : Growing up, I spent part of every summer here, and my parents retired here in 1971. The last time I came to visit (1989) I never left.


MATTHEW JONES BORN: September 8, 1980 Tampa, FL BRANCH OF SERVICE: Florida Army National Guard YEARS OF SERVICE: 7 POSITIONS/DUTIES: Communications Sergeant/ IMO (Information Management Officer) WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: After finishing a semester of college, I realized how expensive it was, so I joined the military. Free college, one weekend a month, two weeks a year, eh, how hard could it be? That was before 9/11. OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: A year tour in Afghanistan ('05-'06) with the 53rd Infantry Brigade. I was with 2/116th HHSB - a field artillery (FA) battalion. Since there wasn’t a need for FA in Urban Combat, we were changed into the SECFOR (Security Force) for our compound. I began my tour establishing communications with US bases in Kabul and the UN compound. I was placed over an operation named 3-Hotel. It got its name because of where we were stationed, in an abandoned, demolished, and at times, structurally unstable three-story hotel. This operation provided security for all the LN (local nationals) that came on post and did various duties. I finished my time in theater operating as an IMO (Information Management Officer) and running the compounds FLIR team, providing 24 hour surveillance.

“When I think I have it bad, I am constantly reminded that compared to most in the world, I am rich beyond their wildest dreams.”

VALUE OF SERVICE: Serving has tested my limits, both physically and mentally, and has allowed me to handle pressure in a way I once couldn't. It has taught me what it means to be a good leader and what it means to put your team's own concerns and well being above your own. I think the greatest value is not what I did for my country, even though I was willing to lay down my life for her, but rather what she did for me. LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT: Being in Afghanistan was life changing for me. Not because it was war, or because I was in a different country or continent, but because it made me realize how blessed I am to be an American. One thing living in a third world country will do to you is open your eyes to how ridiculously spoiled we are as Americans. I realized how I took everything I have, and grew up having, for granted. Serving in Afghanistan has allowed me to appreciate what I didn't before. LIFE TODAY AS A VETERAN IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY: I moved here in the early 90s because my dad got a job with the Florida National Guard. I went to Murray Middle School and St. Augustine High (go Yellow Jackets), graduating in 1999. Upon returning from Afghanistan in 2006 my wife, Michelle, and I built a house in St. Augustine and have been permanent residents since March 2007. Now we have three sons and a daughter and can't imagine living anywhere else. St. Augustine will likely be where I retire. I have been out of the military for almost nine years now.


GLENN JONES BORN: Feb 16, 1944 Norfolk, VA BRANCH OF SERVICE: US Navy, Florida National Guard YEARS OF SERVICE: 35 POSITION(S)/DUTIES: Sonar Technician/Section Leader; Section Sergeant/Programmer-Trainer WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: You might say I was born into the military. My father was a career naval officer and served in the Pacific in WWII and during Korea. He told me he would support any decision I made but said if you go into the Navy you will have three good meals a day and a clean, dry place to sleep. That was good enough for me. After my seventeenth birthday my father swore me into the Navy Reserves.

"When people thank me for my service I simply reply, "don't waste it" I served with honor, it is now up to those I served to determine the true value."

OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: I did two tours in Vietnam. The first deployment, in 1967, I was aboard the USS Dahlgren (DLG-12) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Our main mission was Sea Air Rescue (SAR). We carried a small rescue helicopter on the fantail that would be in the air during air strikes and whenever a pilot was shot down the chopper would go in and pick up the downed pilot(s). My second deployment was in 1969 aboard the USS Noa (DD841) homeported in Mayport, Florida. Our mission was gunfire support, (we had two twin mounted eight inch guns). We also did a lot of SAR. My role was as a sonar technician. I maintained the computer which resolved the fire control solution for the ASROC (Anti Submarine ROCket). This was a rocket that carried either a torpedo or a nuclear depth charge. VALUE OF SERVICE: When one enters the service, they first break you down and then build you up into a team. I learned the importance of teamwork and how much can be accomplished when people work together, not worrying about who gets credit for what but to gain satisfaction in accomplishing the mission and doing it well. LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT: War affects each person differently. I tried to always be positive and come away from every situation without the scars that could be inflicted. While we were at sea I loved to lay on the deck at night and enjoy the vastness of God's creation. The sky at sea is amazing. No light except what is above. I could keep my head still and the rolling of the ship would move my gaze across the canopy of the heavens. Looking at the expanse of space and millions of stars I realized there is something bigger than what we were doing and that all things were in order. LIFE TODAY AS A VETERAN IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY: I got out of the Navy in 1970 and in 1976 I joined the Florida National Guard as a Staff Sergeant. My family and I moved to St. Johns County in 1992. I retired in 2004 as a Master Sergeant. I cannot think of anywhere else we would rather live. I like the slower pace here, the history, fishing, and memories.


JOHN DECKNICK BORN: September 27, 1957 Quincy, Massachusetts BRANCH OF SERVICE: United States Air Force YEARS OF SERVICE: 33 POSITION(S)/DUTIES: Commander/Chief of Security Forces WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: I joined the military after a year of college. I believed it was time for me to leave my parents house, and I was amazed at the opportunities the military would offer me right out of high school.

"Serving in the US military taught me there is a greater good beyond individual wants and needs; a higher power of patriotism and service."

OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: Operation Sea Signal: Commander of provisional security forces running Camp X-Ray, the quick reaction force and transportation company at Guantanamo Bay Cuba; Operation Provide Comfort: Chief of Security for Sirsenk Air Base, Iraq. Assisting in the humanitarian operation where hundreds of thousands of displaced Kurdish individuals needed basic support to survive; Operation Iraqi Freedom: 2004-2005 (Air Force liaison to the joint defense operations center), and 20082009 (commander, security forces group); largest group of AF security forces tasked with guarding an airbase in combat since the Vietnam Conflict. VALUE OF SERVICE: Serving taught me the real meaning of the JFK quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." There are larger things in life, and I was proud to be a part of some of those things. LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT: I saw young men and women, who I served with, sacrifice so much for our country, to include some giving their lives and limbs in the service to our nation. Inspiring young men and women. So much is said about the "me" and other "Y", etc, generations. I witnessed first hand that those who currently serve are as inspired and patriotic as those who served before us. I used to tell everyone that I worked around the company of heroes every day. LIFE TODAY AS A VETERAN IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY: I wanted to get away to a beach, and some quiet, and yet be in a veteran friendly area. St Johns County turned out to be a perfect choice. I work for a very veteran friendly organization, and my "life after the military" has turned out to be more than I could have asked for.


RICHARD CAPPS BORN: July 29, 1937 Jacksonville, FL BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army/Florida Army National Guard YEARS OF SERVICE: 44 years POSITION(S)/DUTIES: Small Arms Repairman, Army Aviator, Assistant AG FLNG WHEN AND WHY YOU JOINED: A group of young men in our community joined the FL National Guard while in high school. I joined as a private and after over 44 years retiring as a Brigadier General afforded me the opportunity to mature and grow both personally and professionally. The U.S. Army and the Florida National Guard was very good to me and my family. After a tour on service in Vietnam 1967-1968, my career, goals and objectives became much more clear as I became more self confident and focused on the future. Because of those experiences I pursued higher level leadership positions to demonstrate my abilities and climb the level of command

"Every day in Vietnam was interesting, some better than others. But nighttime operations were always scary because you could see the tracers."

OPERATIONS YOU SERVED IN: While on active duty served in the Vietnam conflict 1967-1968. I was assigned as a Platoon Commander in a Visual Recon Airplane Unit. The unit was located in the Delta. Our mission was to find the enemy and then direct close air support, artillery or helicopter gunships on the targets. Mostly referred to as FAC (forward air controllers) we many times were the only eyes and communications for the commanders on the ground. The aircraft was the Cessna L-19, later called the O-1A, but also remained "the Bird Dog". It was equipped with 3.5 inch rockets under each wing that we used to mark targets and landing zones. It carried a pilot and backseat observer. We operated between tree top level and about 1500 feet, depending on the situation on the ground. LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT: First was when my parents signed the forms for me to join because I was under age. Second, when I deployed to Vietnam my twin sons were only seven days old and still in the hospital and then returning after 14 months to see them standing and walking. Third, every day in Vietnam was interesting, some better than others. But night time operations were always scary because you could see the tracers. Most importantly, my wife, standing by my side throughout the years, raising our family, keeping the home fires burning; and having the good fortune of swearing in my sons into the Army. LIFE TODAY AS A VETERAN IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY: I retired here with the Florida National Guard and we made this our home. I really enjoy the community, the people and what the county has to offer. I am totally retired from the service, but continue to support and remain active with the Association of the US Army and our First Militia Chapter, ROTC and Junior ROTC and the FLNG Association and NG Association of America.


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WET BURRITO Think all burritos are created equal? One bite of a wet burrito at the Back 40 Urban Cafe and there is a likely chance your burrito world will not only be rocked, but changed forever. Black beans, rice, roasted red peppers, cheese, tomato and lettuce are rolled together in a mega-sized flour tortilla with the option of adding avocado, shrimp, mahi, or chicken. This king-sized burrito is smothered in red chili sauce, covered in cheese, baked, and served with sour cream, jalepenos, and cilantro. This saucy wet burrito must be eaten with a fork and is enough to split or save for seconds. For those avoiding animal ingredients, this dish can be ordered totally vegan, with Annie's Goddess dressing served on the side in place of sour cream. If you can't quite stomach this much in one sitting you can always take it home, or opt for a bowl instead. The Island Bowl offers many of the same ingredients as the burrito, sans tortilla. 40 South Dixie Highway www.back40cafe.com

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EATS equipped them to run a successful operation, is the backbone of the business and the customer experience — the food. “We’ve both always seen food as one of the most important expressions of culture,” said Genie. “We see a restaurant as a place that, if done right, brings food back to this simple fact.” FLAVORFUL MEMORIES For both Jeff and Genie, memories rich in food began long before they met — dating back to their childhood years. For Jeff, these memories include having macrobiotic parents, and not knowing what mayonnaise was. Meanwhile, Genie grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Yulee. While her eating was less colorful, she developed a strong connection to food that has yet to waver. Both entered the restaurant realm at age 15. Though their appreciation for homegrown eats and introduction to the restaurant business came early, it was specific, influential ventures that helped hone their interests and skills. Jeff received diverse influential training at establishments including local mainstay Fratelli's under Drew McCormick, and a brief stint at a vegetarian, organic cafe in a health food store, across the world in Haliewa, Hawaii. Over the years, he has also extracurricularly pursued studies in food-producing systems and their social and anthropological impact. “I believe that food production has a great bearing on a multitude of social, environmental, and economic levels,” he said.

Culinary Characters

JEFF & GENIE MCNALLY THE FLORIDIAN Behind the Southerninspired, seasonal fare at The Floridian, are two dynamic restaurateurs driven by conscious eating and committed to the local food community. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell

Individually, they both got their start in the food service industry in their mid-teens. Together, the two bring a total of 35 years of experience to the table. Most days, chef Genie can be found in the kitchen, while Jeff runs front-of-house and bar operations. Then of course there’s the accounting, payroll, marketing, PR, and janitorial duties (to name a few), all of which the two manage to divide and conquer, day in and day out, with the help of their support staff. “Our jobs have kind of always been this way,” they said. “You just do the work that needs to be done, and the roles fall to whoever best shoulders the load.” Beyond the skills and savvy that have

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After working in Gainesville restaurants for a number of years, followed by a catering company, Genie put her skills to the test and gained momentum locally by launching her own catering business with a Farmer’s Market presence, called “Du Jour Market.” It was here, Genie gained hands on experience turning her market hauls into a new menu each week. Jeff helped with the prep and the market stand. “I gained a lot of experience innovating from the ingredients at hand, and also made connections with farmers and producers that have continued to this day," she said. "It kept our roles both challenging and interesting." A CULTURAL MEDLEY Together, Jeff’s background that leans toward the bohemian, brown rice and tofu side, and Genie’s cattle and dairy farm roots have given birth to a thriving restaurant


“IF YOU TOLD US TOMORROW THAT THERE WERE NO LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO USE, WE WOULD HAVE TO SHUT OUR DOORS."

A savory and sweet ambroisa salad featuring fresh FL watermelon, peaches, mangoes, and summer fruits with house-made ricotta cheese and pickled watermelon-rind salsa. Fisnished with GA olive oil, FL honey, mint, toasted coconut and red pepper plate. Addition of shrimp, pork belly, tempeh or another protein optional .

boasting Southern cuisine that strives to be authentically old Florida with a modern twist. For the McNallys, being authentically Florida means introducing an intersection of coastal cuisines, such as African, Caribbean, Greek, Asian and Creole. “The roots of Southern food and traditions, have always been at the heart of what we do,” said Genie. “We rework dishes with respect to these roots, but try and bring them up-to-date in order to keep them relevant and fun.” Southern-inspired, Floridian food is nothing but natural for the two. "It's Genie's more Southern roots combined with my slightly hippified upbringing in the context of a state that is kind of strange," described Jeff.

SEASONAL BITES FOR ALL APPETITES Not only do the dishes The Floridian serves bring in diverse local ingredients, and innovative flavor profiles, they meet a range of dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. The Floridian willingly accommodates requests, making it a place anyone and everyone can dine with ease. In addition to heartier carnivorous classics like 'N Grits, The Floridian's own take on Shrimp & Grits, the Fresh Catch, or Church Picnic Chicken, The Floridian has a rotating selection of salads each season, with optional proteins added (including tofu or tempeh baked to perfection).

LOCAL TASTES BETTER If you ask Genie and Jeff what makes a better product, their answer is simple — fresh food grown close to home. “If you told us tomorrow that there were no local agricultural products to use, we would have to shut our doors.” The Floridian is very much a partnership centered around their purveyors, and what is being harvested seasonally. “We plan out menus months in advance so we can coordinate planting and growing seasons with what we want on the menus, and then flex those menus based on what they can actually anticipate producing,” said Genie. This structure makes way for new and interesting items on the menu. “We get to introduce our customers to some amazing new veggies, cheeses, and proteins — all

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while showcasing our farm partners and the hard work they put in,” she said. OLD FLORIDA, NEW CHAPTER Exactly five years after the Floridian became a brick-and-mortar establishment on Cordova Street, the restaurant is embarking on a new chapter on nearby Spanish Street. Here, an expanded dining space, bar, covered front porch, street-side courtyard, and upstairs “Florida Room” hosting a second bar and even more room for private parties, brings new opportunity for this eatery to dig its roots even deeper into the local food community. The new move allows for full bar— liquor included—with a bar menu crafted just as thoughtfully as the dinner menu. “We are working the bar menu in the same way that we work our food menus — with an eye towards seasonal, and housemade ingredients, quality and small-batch distributors, and generally fun cocktails,” said Jeff. From day one, their mission has always been to create a welcoming place, in which food can be shared and enjoyed. Ultimately, the move to a new physical space makes way for the duo and their Floridian family to raise the bar on these efforts even higher. In the words of Jeff and Genie, “History is a process. Evolution is unavoidable.” Check out The Floridian's new home located at 72 Spanish Street.

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Advocate Behind the Bar

ANCIENT CITY BREWING Behind each beer is an art and a science. At Ancient City Brewing, Vance Tyson Joy is the man behind the brews. Photography by Brian Miller Brewing Beer Since: Home brewer since 1999 and a commercial brewer since 2009. Brewing at Ancient City since: We started ACB in 2014 and the taproom has been open since May of this year. We started distribution at the beginning of August. When did your taste for and interest in beer begin? Back in 1999 when I started home brewing. It was before the big craft beer revolution that’s going on now. There were not as many IPAs and Pale Ales around. I started with red ales and wheat beers and like everyone else, you eventually move on to the hoppier options.

I love all the beer that we are serving. If I didn't, we would not be serving it. That being said, I'm very proud of the coconut porter and our red ale. A lot of time when into these beers and I'm very pleased with the result."

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Any formal training? I attended numerous classes at Siebel Institute/The World Brewing Academy in Chicago and plan on continuing my education. Before ACB, I also worked as a head brewer for a brewery for about five years. Skill that makes you a top-notch brewmaster: I don’t call myself a brewmaster, yet. I technically could with my experience and degrees but I look at German master brewers and they go through school, then they go through an apprenticeship and then move on to head brewer. It’s only later in their careers, after years of experience, do they call themselves a master brewer. Do you have a team working with you? Greg Tuttle is on the top of the food chain here. He does a great job at keeping everything accounted for, and you really need that if you are going to succeed. George Watts is my assistant brewer and like me he is learning everyday.

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Favorite Ancient City brew: I love all the beer that we are serving. If I didn’t we would not be serving it. That being said, I’m very proud of the coconut porter and our red ale. A lot of time went into these beers and I’m very pleased with the result.

Do you get to interact with the Brewery's clientele? I usually try to leave before the taproom is open so as to not be distracted from my brewing but there are days where I will talk to people here....and especially at beer festivals and tap takeovers at other bars. Then I get a chance to talk shop to people. They really enjoy hearing about the brewing process from the horse’s mouth.

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Any seasonal beers on the radar? We have all kinds of interesting brews coming out this fall — a newly released Imperial Vanilla Porter, a Pecan Nut Brown Ale, and possibly a cranberry spruce amber. 3420 Agricultural Drive www.ancientcitybrewing.com


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A Tale of Two...

CLASSIC SEAFOOD EATERIES Whether you are feeling up for enjoying a hearty dinner downtown or on Anastasia Island, these two longstanding classic eateries have got your seafood cravings covered. By Meaghan Alvarado

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DOWNTOWN

BARNACLE BILLS

O'STEEN'S

Locations: 14 West Castillo Hours: Every day: 11 am -9 pm Owner: Chris Way

Location: 205 Anastasia Blvd. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am - 8:30 pm Owner: Lonnie Pomar

THE VIBE: Established in 1981, Barnacle Bills Seafood House is a family restaurant serving up great seafood, fresh vegetables and creative lunch specials.

THE VIBE: O’Steen's is a family restaurant focused on quality service and products. The vibe is exactly what you would expect from a 50-year-old, Southern, seafood restaurant: caring and welcoming.

THE DISH: Fried Shrimp and Dat’l Fried Shrimp are among popular dishes at Barnacle Bills. Customers can’t seem to get enough of their onion rings.

THE DISH: Fried Shrimp is a staple dish at O’Steen's and the most popular menu item. Their signature “cowboy” cut is similar to butterflied – only better!

THE DESSERT: The most popular dessert item at Barnacle Bills is the homemade Banana Delight. A mouth-watering mixture of fresh bananas, strawberries, vanilla pudding and whipped cream rests on top of a pecan crust. The Banana Delight is a wonderfully fruity dessert that makes the perfect follow up to your seafood dinner.

THE DESSERT: If you have a fruity sweet tooth, O’Steen’s Banana Crème and Coconut Crème Pies are an appetite pleaser. The lightness of these pies allow for a sweet indulgence even after a meal of 12 Fried Shrimp.

SECRET SAUCE: Dat’l Do-It-Hot Sauce created by owner Chris Way in 1982. It wouldn’t be a secret if he revealed any more than the main ingredient: Datil Peppers! THE OWNER: Chris Way has lived in St. Augustine for 53 years and enjoys doing just about everything on the water. He started his career at O’Steen’s, where he learned a lot from the “Chief,” Mrs. O’Steen, and Lonnie Pomar. Taking his experiences from O’Steen’s and his own ideas, Chris started Barnacle Bills with the help of longtime partner and friend, Eddy Mussallem. PERFECT FOR: Barnacle Bills is a perfect spot to take your family any night of the week. If you have guests visiting St. Augustine, Barnacle Bills should be among your list of recommended restaurants for Fried Shrimp and Sweet Tea. LOCATION: Up the street from Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Barnacle Bills is close enough to downtown to allow for a waterfront stroll after dinner, but far enough away to alleviate the usual stresses of downtown parking.

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SECRET SAUCE: The secret to O’Steen’s sauces is their quality ingredients, and loving care. The pink sauce for their Fried Shrimp is one that many try to duplicate, but they’re keeping that recipe under wraps. THE OWNER: Lonnie Pomar’s family history is based in St. Augustine. His family is of Minorcan descent on both sides and the family still lives and works in St. Augustine. Alongside his wife, Lonnie has spent his whole life making O’Steen’s the best restaurant he possibly can. When Lonnie is not spending time with his family he enjoys playing tennis, walking on the beach and riding his bike. PERFECT FOR: O’Steen’s is another one of those restaurants you need to add to your regular list of recommendations for Fried Shrimp. The family atmosphere is perfect for a dinner with the kids, or even a group outing. Just be prepared, most days they are on a 30-minute to an hour-long wait to be seated. LOCATION: You’ll avoid the crowds of downtown entirely when dining at O’Steen’s. It’s north of the Lighthouse, right on Anastasia Boulevard as you near the Bridge of Lions.

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ONE TWENTY THREE BURGER HOUSE

Get your fill of burgers, pizza, milkshakes and frozen beer at downtown's new hotspot. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr Owned by proprietors of nearby Carmello’s, Joe and Cindy Tringali, One Twenty Three Burger House is quickly becoming a new choice downtown stop for lunch or dinner. Here seating is plentiful, and for those who might need to get back to the office in a hurry, there is the take out option. The menu includes appetizers, ranging in price from $5.50 for fried jalapeno caps to $8.00 for three beef sliders. And, if you like wings, you won’t be disappointed. For the main courses, two of Chef Angelo Bondi's “knock it out of the park” pizza selections are the Margherita Pizza, with fresh grande mozzarella, basil and San Marzano tomatoes and the “Wise Guy”,

Location: 123 King Street Claim to Fame: Owned by the Tringali's Hours: 11 am - 9 pm Sun - Thurs (open 'til 10pm Fri & Sat) Fare: Burgers, pizza and shakes

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featuring sauteed red and yellow peppers, red onion and spicy Italian sausage. At $12.00 and $14.00 respectively, either could be an easy split lunch with a friend. Of course, the words "Burger House" are in the restaurant’s name for a very good reason. There are a total of 12 burgers on the menu, including burgers made with salmon and bison, and a veggie burger. If you don’t like pizza or burgers (perish the thought), you’ll also find fresh fish, chicken, pulled pork, a ribeye “sammich” and even a turkey sub. One Twenty Three also has a kid’s menu with half dozen tasty choices. In the drink department, One Twenty Three Burger House offers refreshing options including signature shakes and frozen beer.

Favorites on the Menu: Margherita Pizza, and make your own burgers

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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.

72 Spanish 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

Oceanview, Outdoor Dining SETTING:

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RESERVATIONS:

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4100 COASTAL HIGHWAY ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084

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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

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.

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

Trending

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..

4320 A1A South (904) 471-2691

The Blue Hen 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!

117 King Street (904) 217-3777

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS Casual, comfortable restaurants where your kids can be kids and you can enjoy a nice meal out. MELLOW MUSHROOM 410 Anastasia Boulevard

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 5 Cordova Street

THE BEACHCOMBER 2 A Street

BEACHES AT VILANO 254 Vilano Road

ZAHARIAS RESTAURANT

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050

3945 A1A South

Stir It Up

45 Cubbage Road

SOUTH BEACH GRILL

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

CAP'S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle Street

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