Beach Blast Off 2016 happens at the St. Augustine Beach Pier this month:

Don’t forget to make your plans for the Beach Blast Off 2016 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park on Thursday, January 31st from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. to ring in the New Year.  This awesome family friendly event will feature fun events for the kids including: Kids Zone area, face painting, human hamster balls, mechanical bull rides, balloon twisting and a rock climbing wall.  Not to worry, there are fun events for the grown-ups too that include: entertainment by Beach 105.5 FM, live music by Old Enough-2 Know Better (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.), and the awesome 80’s throwback glam-band Papercutt (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.) performing on the main stage.  All of this is capped off by an amazing ocean-front fireworks display beginning at 10:00 p.m.

There will also be great food and drinks available by over 30 vendors, and adult beverages including Champaign, beer and wine.  Did we mention there is also a free park and ride service available at multiple locations.  So please visit the Beach Blast off website by clicking here for more information on this awesome event.  And Happy New Year from the St. Augustine Beach Pier

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The City of St. Augustine Beach seeks volunteers for the 2015 Beach Blast Off!

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The City of St. Augustine Beach is in need of volunteers for the 2016 Beach Blast Off event being held at the St. Johns County/St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park on New Years Eve.  This is a great time to join in the community fun of helping the City to host this exciting event to ring in the new year.  There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and times that are available, and the City will need about 150 people to help host this free event that has been voted the best family New Years event in Florida.  You can visit the Beach Blast Off website, or visit the following link to sign up as a volunteer at:

Come out and enjoy the annual “Taste of the Beach”:

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It’s that time of year again when the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association presents the annual Taste of the Beach being held at the St. Augustine Beach/St. Johns County Pier Park and Pavilion area.  This years event has been moved to the Fall and is being held this Sunday, October 18th, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come out and enjoy over 15 restaurants serving food and competing in taste categories for appetizers, entree’s, desserts, judges choice and peoples choice.  In addition to the great food that’s available for purchase, Beaver Toyota – Scion of St. Augustine, is this years music sponsor and will be lining up some great entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

And there’s no need to worry about parking for the event as there will be a free shuttle service running from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, located at the corner of State Road A1A and 16th Street.

The Taste of the Beach event, located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach, is free to attend with food available for purchase from any of the 15 participating restaurants, with proceeds going to benefit the Betty Griffin House.  Come on out and enjoy a great Fall day in the best beach town in Florida.

National Night Out comes to the St. Augustine Beach Pier

This Tuesday, October 6th, the annual National Night Out will be held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Pavilion from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.

The event is free to the public and will feature Live music, Free Food, Free Information, Free Giveaways, a Bounce House, a Fire Truck, Crime Scene Van, the Army National Guard, Law Enforcement Displays, the SJSO K-9s, the SJSO Helicopter, and much more.  So come on by and join the fun at the Pier!  You can learn more about the event by reading the attached flyer or visiting

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Help keep Music by the Sea at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion

Please urge the City of St. Augustine Beach officials to renew the lease at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park for the Civic Association.  The Civic Association is in negotiation with the City of St Augustine Beach to renew their lease on the old police garage at the Pier Park. Use of the building allows them to efficiently produce great community events like Music by the Sea. Please use the e-mail addresses provided below to send a short email to each City Commission and ask that they renew the Civic Association’s lease!

Commissioner Margaret England –
Commissioner Undine Pawlowski-George –
Commissioner Rich O’Brien –
Commissioner Gary Snodgrass –
Mayor Andrea Samuels –

Thank you in advance for letting the Commission know you support the Civic Association and their great community programming and to please renew their lease!  Below is a schedule of the remaining Music by the Sea band and restaurant line-ups for the event scheduled each Wednesday through October 18th.

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Embassy Suites to open a 180 room hotel next to the St. Augustine Beach Pier in late 2017

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It is no longer a secret as Hilton Worldwide recently announce an agreement with Key International, that Embassy Suites Hotels will be opening an upscale 180 room (all suites) adjacent to the St. Augustine Beach Pier by late 2017.  This is the property site where the former St. Augustine Beachfront Resort was located and has recently been torn down and removed.

In addition to the 180 upscale suites, the new hotel will feature 5,500 square feet of meeting space, and out door pool and their signature atrium environment.  This will be the 8th Hilton Worldwide hotel in the St. Augustine area and a great addition to the beach that has seen a recent increase in new business construction.

We want to thank St. Augustine Social Magazine for the information and encourage you to visit their web-article to learn more about the new Embassy Suites Hotel coming to St. Augustine Beach, near the St. Augustine Beach Pier by clicking here.

National Arbor Day event planned for April 17th at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall

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In support of community events in and around St. Augustine Beach, we would like to announce the City of St. Augustine Beach National Arbor Day Celebration taking place on Friday, April 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please see the following notice provided by Hala Laquidara, City of St. Augustine Beach Events Coordinator regarding this fun and free event:



Exhibitors include:

LOCATION:  St. Augustine Beach City Hall
2200 A1A south
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080

 TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 PM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17th

For more information on the event please contact Hala Laquidara, (904) 669-5670 or e-mail:

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St. Augustine Beach ranked as Trip Advisors top 10 beaches in the United States

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Congratulations to St. Augustine Beach, that has made the list of the Top 10 in TripAdvisor’s list of Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Beaches in the United States, with visitors ranking St. Augustine Beach #9 for 2015.  This is the second year in a row that St. Augustine Beach has made this list being rated last year in 2014 as the #14 top beach.

Being selected as a top ten beach is a special designation since it is completely based on positive ratings from visitors who have experienced the Beach.  St. Augustine Beach is one of 6 Florida beaches making the top 10, and the only Florida beach on the East coast.  You can read more about this story at The St. Augustine Record.  Here is the list of the top 10 ranked beaches in the United States:


  1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Fla.
  2. St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
  4. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Fla.
  6. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, Calif.
  7. Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
  8. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Fla.
  9. St. Augustine Beach
  10. Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Fla.


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



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, or Officer Ed Martinez at”

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.