2014 Surf Illumination event at The St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pier Park

This Holiday Season, the City of St. Augustine Beach Civic Association will be holding their annual Surf Illumination on Friday, November 21st at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park.  This family-fun event features the annual Holiday tree lighting, local arts and crafts, food and beverage vendors, activities for kids and a visit from the big man himself, Santa!

The St. Augustine Beach Surf Illumination event runs from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  So come on out to the Pier, located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd., to have some fun and kick off the Holiday’s.

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St. Augustine Beach Civic Association – Surf Illumination poster

National Night Out 2014 returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

 

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On Tuesday, October 7th, the National Night Out returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier for a fun and community building event.  This annual event is being held by the City of St. Augustine Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, sponsors and supporters all dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities.  The event will feature complimentary food, drink, exhibitors, child safety education information, DNA kits, emergency vehicles, law enforcement personnel, bike giveaways and much more.  Please see the following press release from the City of St. Augustine Beach regarding the event:

“ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL. — Coming off of last year’s award winning National Night Out Event, the St. Augustine Beach Chief of Police, Robert Hardwick, announced the 2014 St. Johns County National Night Out will be Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6-8pm. The event takes place at St Augustine Beach Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, FL  32080.

The City of St. Augustine Beach is partnering with multiple Law Enforcement Agencies, The Oasis Deck and Restaurant, Sunset Grille, the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, multiple non-profit Agencies and the National Association of Town Watch to present the 2014 National Night Out at the Beach. There will be complimentary food, drink, exhibitors, child safety education information, DNA kits, emergency vehicles, law enforcement personnel, bike giveaways and more. 

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.

For more information contact Michael Cunningham at the City of St. Augustine Beach City Hall, mcunningham@cityofsab.org or Officer Ed Martinez at martineze@sabpd.org.”

Come on out and support your local law enforcement community for this wonderful community event.  There is no charge for the event and there is plenty of parking at the St. Augustine Beach Pier parking lot.  We would also like to thank our sponsors the Oasis Restaurant, Sunset Grille and the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association for their support.

Music by the Sea at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Pavilion continues through September 2014

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The crowd gathers every Wednesday evening at The St. Augustine Beach Pier for Music by the Sea

The Wednesday evening Music by the Sea concerts at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Pavilion continues through the month of September 2014.  The following is the event schedule for the four Wednesday dates in September with each event starting with Dinner at 6:00 p.m. (sponsor restaurant listed) and the Concert at 7:00 p.m.:

September 3rd – Mid Life Crisis band (classic rock and roll), Café Atlantico

September 10th – Go Get Gone band (rock-a-billy/R & R), Sea Oats Café

September 17th – Navy Pride band (Rock/Pop), Coquina Beach Surf Club

September 24th – Phoenix bank (classic rock), Sunset Grille

Arc In The Park returns to The St. Augustine Beach Pier

This Saturday, August 23rd, the third annual Arc In The Park, hosted by The Arc of the St. Johns and sponsored by Bozard Ford, returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion and Pier Park.  This annual concert event features music by local St. Augustine musicians LoveChunk and the energetic reggae sounds of I-Vibes.  This years entertainment will also feature The Arc of the St. Johns very own individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities performing the Arc Variety Show and Arc Ensemble, along with a lot more fun and family entertainment during the event hours.

The fun starts at the Pier Pavillion (located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd.) at 2:30 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in the Pier parking lot.  So bring yourselves out for this fun and entertaining day to support The Arc of the St. Johns.  Please see the following event poster listing a schedule of activities for The Arc in the Park.

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The Arc In The Park event poster

 

The St. Augustine Beach Pier welcomes the 9th annual, 2014 Taste of the Beach this Saturday

The 9th annual Taste of the Beach is taking place this Saturday at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd, in beautiful St. Augustine Beach.  The event is being held from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association to benefit the Betty Griffin House, a private, non-profit agency that provides emergency shelter to abused women, men and their children.

15 area restaurants will be featuring samples of their menu’s that will be judged in the area’s of Peoples Choice, Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, and Best Entree by a panel of celebrity judges.  Food can be purchased in the Pavilion between 2 and 5 tickets (ticket costs are $1.00 each).  The following restaurants will be participating in this years event:

  • Amici Italian Restaurant
  • Cafe Atlantico
  • Caribbean Sol Cafe’
  • Haszard’s at the Beach
  • Mojo’s Tacos
  • Napoli’s Italian Restaurant
  • Panama Hatties
  • Purple Olive
  • Red Frog & McToads
  • Ripe Bistro
  • Salt Life Food Shack
  • Saigon Pho Bistro
  • Seafood Kitchen
  • South Beach Grill
  • Sunset Grille

There will be free shuttle services available from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. from Anastasia Square Plaza (1961 A1A South) to the Pier.  Admission to the event and the beautiful 85 degree sunny weather is free.  So come out, see your friends and neighbors, and help celebrate a great cause.

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Taste of the Beach restaurant winners trophies (photo courtesy of the St. Augustine Record)

Music by the Sea concert series returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier for 2014

The weekly Music by the Sea concert series returns for its 12th season to the St. Augustine Beach Pier this month with concert dates kicking off on Wednesday, May 14th.  The concert series is held every Wednesday evening (weather permitting) from May until the end of September, featuring musicians of all types of genre’s and available food to purchase provided by one of our many local participating restaurants.  This months scheduled musicians and food sponsors for May 2014 includes:

  • Outta Site Band – May 14th (Rock and Roll) – Wild Flower Café.
  • Sam Rodriquez Project – May 21st (Jazz/Motown) – Amici Italian Restaurant.
  • Those Guys – May 28th (Classic Rock and Roll) – South Beach Grille.

Each weekly concert is free and open to the public at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.  Food service begins at 6:00 p.m. with the concerts beginning at 7:00 p.m.  So bring your lawn chairs and coolers (beverages are permitted) and join in the fun with your family, friends and neighbors.  For more information about this event, please visit the website for the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association at www.civicassociation.org.

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A typical night of fun at the Music by the Sea

The St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Pavilion hosts the Arc in the Park on Sunday, August 4th

The St. Augustine Beach Pier and the Pier Pavilion will be hosting the 2nd annual Arc in the Park this Sunday, August 4th, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The Arc in the Park is sponsored by The Arc of the St. Johns Community Outreach Program.  This program is made up of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have recognized a need to build friendships and give back and build a stronger community.

The 2nd annual community benefit concert will feature LoveChuck (3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and I Vibes (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.).  There will also be other activities and games all afternoon, and a sunscreen station sponsored by Flagler Hospital where you can learn more about skin cancer and prevention.  For more information on how you can get involved in this community event contact The Arc of the St. Johns Community Integration Coordinator, Laura at 904-824-7249 or e-mail lzbinden@arcsj.org.  You can also visit the event page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/455199121243480/ or see the attached event poster.

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Beach renourishment is finished at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Finally after over 7 months of work and $16 million dollars later, the beach renourishment project at St. Augustine Beach has been completed.  This has positively affected the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park allowing beach access during both low and high tide periods.  As you may remember, the beach access at the pier was very difficult and often closed before the beach renourishment project.

 

From my perspective standing on the beach and looking back at the pier, it is going to be a long time before the pier has any amount of water beneath it’s pilings for fishing to return for the local anglers.  The current sand line extends out to the end of the pier, even during the high tide period.  We have seen this happen before with previous renourishment projects.  Not to worry.  Soon the sea and all its tidal fury will reclaim the sand and the St. Augustine Beach Pier will return to being a local fishing hot spot and surfers paradise.

 

You can read more about the recent renourishment project in a recent article feature in the St. Augustine Record titled Renourishment Gives St. Augustine Beach a New Look by Stuart Korfhage at the following link: http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2012-09-12/renourishment-gives-st-augustine-beach-new-look#.UFNOAlF5GSp.  You can also see some recent pictures listed below.

 

Beach before and after courtesy of The St. Augustine Record

Update on the Beach renovations at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

I spent the last weekend in and around St. Augustine Beach especially near the St. Augustine Beach Pier.  I noticed the beach and Pier were closed around the Pier parking access due to the current inlet dredging and beach renourishment project as well as some much needed Pier renovations.  I also noticed that the City has been relocating beach-goers to the North end beach from the Pier.  I was all ready to Blog about this issue when I noticed a recent news report from the local station, First Coast News, and found their story and video posted on their website.

 

First Coast News reporter Jessica Clark did a great job reporting the current status of as I am attaching a link to their site which provides a great update of the project (make sure you check out the video posted in the story):

http://staugustine.firstcoastnews.com/news/news/81181-st-augustine-beach-pier-surrounding-beach-are-closed

 

St. Augustine Beach Pier renovation project

Renovations at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, courtesy First Coast News, Jacksonville, FL