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

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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  You can also visit the event page on Facebook at: 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:  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):


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

Music By The Sea returns to the Pier with much fanfare

It’s that time of the year again when Wednesday evenings at the St. Augustine Beach Pier come alive with the sounds of great local music and the aroma of delicious local cuisine.  Yes it’s Summer time in St. Augustine Beach and the “Music By The Sea” has returned every Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. to the St. Augustine Beach Pier.  The great thing about this event is that it is free to the public, including free “Voltage Shuttle” rides from the St. Augustine Beach City Hall parking lot located at 2200 SR A1A in St. Augustine Beach.  Parking can be a little challenging at the public parking lot located at the pier, so try to come early.


The evening begins with various local restaurants serving their specialties at 6:00 p.m. for a fair price-per-serving and the featured band playing at 7:00 p.m. inside the St. Augustine Beach Pier pavilion.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair to set up in the soft sand adjacent to the pavilion and food and beverage of their choice (alcohol included).  Coolers are allowed.


The current schedule of bands and participating restaurants through the season includes the following:


July 4th – Those Guys – Classic R/R – Panama Hatties

July 11th – Rob Peck & Friends – Classic Southern Blues – Paula’s Beachside Grill

July 18th – Funk Shui – R/R – Coquina Beach

July 25th – Bush Doctors – Reggae R/R – Mango Mango’s

August 1st – Steam the Band – Motown revue – Raintree

August 8th – Mid Life Crisis – Classic R/R – LaStrada

August 15th – Jimmy Parrish & The Ocean Waves – Beach Music – FA Cafe

August 22nd – Smokin Mirrors – R/R – Gypsy Cab

August 29th – Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg – Classic R/R – Maui Grill


The free concert series is presented by The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association and sponsored by The Bailey Group and TD Bank.

Taste of St. Augustine Beach featuring local restaurants on May 20th

On Sunday, May 20th, The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association (which this site is not affiliated with) will feature the 7th annual Taste of St. Augustine Beach to be held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier.  This year there is expected to be over 14 local restaurants featuring local cuisine to be voted on by “local celebrities” in one of four different categories:

  1. Best appetizer
  2. Best entree
  3. Best dessert
  4. Peoples Choice

The event, supporting The Betty Griffin House, runs from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and offers free admission for everyone.  Tickets for food cost $1.00 each as the charge from each vendor will range from 2 – 5 tickets per serving.  For more information on this event, please visit the website for The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association at (

The new beach access walkover and stairs are open to the public…

We want to begin this post by pointing out what a beautiful day it has been in St. Augustine Beach today and how great the Pier looked this morning with the calm ocean of less that 1′ of wave action.  You can see from the photo posted that it certainly looks nice out and will only get better as we move towards the weekend.

As many of you may know from visiting St. Augustine Beach over the past few months, the walk-over and stairs leading to the beach from the seawall were not open to the public and in need of repair from months of water damage and erosion to the beach.  Well, we would like to note that a much needed replacement of the stairs has been made and it appears to now be open to the public making beach access from the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park possible for all.  In addition to the walk-over and stairs replacement, they have expanded the width of the stairs to accommodate two way pedestrian traffic and a much greater flow of beach-goers.  We wish to thank St. Johns County for the work that has been done…


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A beautiful morning looking at the Pier

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Side view of stairs with Pier in the background

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New beach access stairs at the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Repairs are underway for the St. Augustine Beach Pier

Well, the much needed repairs have started on our treasured St. Augustine Beach Pier.  The St. Johns County Commissioners approved $300,000 in repairs back in November for concrete reinforcement and repair of the pilings, as well as additional work to take place over the coming weeks.  The St. Augustine Beach Pier is expected to be closed to the public for the next month.  Not to worry though, it will be all ready to go in time for a warm Spring and sunny beach weather.

Read more about the project in the article titled Pier Renovations Underway, that was featured in the St. Augustine Record on Tuesday March 6th.