May. 20, 2011
Tonight and tomorrow, May 20th and May 21st, is the 2nd annual A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway Environmental Education Fair at Marineland. Please come! Here are the details.
May 20th - 5:00 p.m. - 7: 30 p.m. Author Frank Gromling presents "An Evening by the Ocean"
Tomorrow, May 21st 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at Marineland - Environmental Education Fair
Nov. 12, 2010
A1A Super Scenic 72 Mile Garage Sale is happening Saturday, November 13, 2010 along A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway in St. Johns and Flagler counties in northeast Florida from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Yes the huge, 72-mile Garage Sale along A1A is happening again. After last year's successful and fun sale, President of Friends of A1A, Barbara Jenness is pleased that the Friends of A1A are sponsoring this event this year and for many years to come.
When: Saturday, Nov 13th - 9 am - 4 pm
Details: See www.scenica1a.org/garagesale.aspx
Locations: Throughout St. Johns and Flagler counties including Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, the Hammock, St. Augustine, Vilano Beach, South Ponte Vedra and Ponte Vedra.
Call: 904-540-0402 or 904-425-8055 to register or learn more.
See you along the Byway!
May. 8, 2010
Please invite your neighbors and others interested in protecting A1A that keeps getting washed out by the former Beachcomber RV park to the Scenic & Historic A1A Meeting this Monday, May 10th. We need to preserve our evacuation route.
What: Scenic & Historic A1A Meeting
Where: 2724 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (S. Ponte Vedra Civic Association Building)
When: Monday, May 10, 2010
Time: 3 - 5 p.m. (Washout discussion to start around 4 p.m.)
Purpose: To discuss Wayfinding Plan, A1A Washout, and on-going A1A Projects
Review of Pope Road Scenic Overlook Project & other engineering projects status (15 minutes)
Visioning Input for Wayfinding Plan Project (30 minutes)
Landscaping/Resource Protection Projects (15 minutes)
Review of A1A Roadway Issues - Washout/Erosion (30 minutes)
Project Updates - Parks, Transportation Safety, Landscaping
Friends of A1A Program Administrator Report - Cell phone Tour, Environmental Education Fair, NSB Grants
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) will be participating by speaker phone from a conference room in Tallahassee. FDEP has confirmed attendance pending any emergency reassignment as a result of the oil spill issues.
Additionally, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District, and the Army Corps of Engineers will be in attendance.
We need to look at modifying the St. Augustine Inlet Management Study Implementation Plan to allow the sand from the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) by Porpoise Point that is planned for the fall of 2010 to go north of the St. Augustine inlet in the designated critically eroded area (as designated by the FDEP) that keeps washing out.
St. Augustine Beach is already scheduled for beach renourishment and this is not part of the discussion.
Apr. 29, 2010
Friends of A1A Environmental Education Fair – May 1, 2010
Theme: Responsibility Linkages Between People and Nature
Purpose: To highlight greater appreciation of the A1A coastal corridor’s uniqueness and the responsibility of community partners and citizens in its preservation
Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway (Friends of A1A) will hold its 1st Annual Environmental Education Fair (Fair) this Saturday, May 1st
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Florida's Lohman Auditorium and Dolphin Conservation Center in the town of Marineland, Florida.
The Fair is funded through a grant made possible by the Florida Coastal Management Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
for the free Fair begins at 8:30 a.m. and it is expected to draw 500 persons, ranging from environmental advocates to families and children.
will serve as the guest speaker and will lead the event participants on a short beach clean-up from that will conclude with an aerial fly over to photograph the event.
Klubock is the Founder and Executive Director of the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and his specialty is inspiring youth to become good stewards of the coastal environment.Klubock said he shares with his audiences the impact that carelessness – such as leaving broken lawn chairs on the beach or cutting fishing line and tossing it into the ocean – can have on the coastal environment.
“Litter is a thing that is visible,” he said. “If people realize that one piece of trash has importance, that’s one more level of protection. We have to honor and appreciate the beauty of our environment and with that love and beauty comes protection.”
Other activities will include 14 indoor and in-the-field workshops, 40 exhibitor and vendor booths, science fair projects, environmental activities, storytelling, a treasure hunt, face-painting and music.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Frank Gromling, an author, radio host of “Cover to Cover” on WNZF and publisher for Ocean Publishing in Flagler Beach. Others expected to be on hand at the Fair are the Mayor of Marineland, Jim Netherton, and the President of Friends of A1A, Barbara Jenness
Box lunches ($5) and beverages will be available on-site for a nominal charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about the Environmental Education Fair please call the Friends of A1A at 904-425-8055 in St. Johns County or 386-585-3679 in Flagler County.
Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway
protects, preserves, and enhances resources along the A1A National Scenic Byway. This citizen’s advocacy group partners with municipalities, governmental agencies and other civic groups to maintain and improve resources along the corridor.
Designated in 2002, the Byway is rich in history, nature, archeology, culture, scenery and recreation. The Friends of A1A’s efforts benefit residents and travelers alike by maintaining the identified intrinsic resources while allowing economic development.
Friends of A1A is a non-profit organization that implements the corridor management plan for improvements along the 72-mile Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway through St. Johns and Flagler counties. Learn how to become involved and a member of the Crew of 72
Age Appropriate Schedule
Vender List Map
Full Program Guide
Nov. 11, 2009
The 72-mile Super Scenic A1A Highway Garage sale will be taking place this Saturday, November 14, 2009 along A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway in St. Johns and Flagler Counties. Here are the details.
Hope you pick up a great deal while enjoying a scenic drive on one of our nation's National Scenic Byways in our nation's oldest city.
Jun. 10, 2009
I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it. Yes, I already knew that St. Augustine is one of the best places to live, but it is so nice to hear others verify it. With the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal and the St. Johns River we have so many water choices. And our nation's oldest city has to be one of the most charming places ever. I feel like I am on vacation every day here. There is always stuff happening. I try to keep my website updated under Calendar of Events with all the happenings.
We are a small town, with so much culture (art, music and dance) and great restaurants with fresh seafood. The recreational activities are overwhelming: great fishing and boating, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, sailing, parasailing, wind surfing, the beach, etc. plus parks, golf, tennis, hiking, biking and many attractions (Alligator Farm, The Lighthouse, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Castillo de San Marco & Ft. Matanzas to name just a few), Flagler College with original Tiffany windows, Lightner Museum, grand old churches, historic St. George Street, the list goes on and on. And one of the nation's Scenic Byways, A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway runs along our coast and through St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. Enjoy nature throughout the area, in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and our many parks. Watch endangered Right Whales and sea turtles. Explore the nation's oldest city including oldest school house and house.
People are what really make St. Augustine grand. Yes, every one knows your name (if you want them to).
Come visit St. Augustine. Let me know if you are interested in staying. I would enjoy showing you why St. Augustine is a great place to live.
US News & World Report selected St. Augustine, FL as a top 10 Best Places to Live for 2009. Here's the article. And the detail on St. Augustine.
May. 11, 2009
Many people in northeast Florida traverse Scenic and Historic A1A in St. Johns County from Jacksonville, through St. Augustine to Flagler County, especially on weekends. This past weekend was no exception with the most traffic I have seen in a long time. It was a challenge crossing A1A to enjoy the beach, but it was possible and well worth it. With The Player's Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Ancient City Crawfish Boil in St. Augustine, The Sunday Market in Vilano Beach, and Mother's Day, much was happening in our area. We had such fabulous weather, too!
Scenic & Historic A1A is the St. Johns County state scenic highway section of a National Scenic Byway, A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway(aka Friends of A1A). If you have been wanting to get involved in helping to protect, preserve, maintain, and enhance this beautiful byway, please come to our meeting today from 3 - 5 p.m. at the South Ponte Vedra Civic Association Building located at 2724 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.
Here is today's agenda:
SCENIC & HISTORIC A1A
Corridor Management Council Meeting
St. Johns County
May 11, 2009
South Ponte Vedra Civic Assn - 2724 South Ponte Vedra Blvd., S. Ponte Vedra, 32082
3:00 - 5:00 pm.
1. Convene Meeting / Introductions Barbara Jenness
Approval of Minutes from prior meeting and Approval of current Agenda
2. Discussion Topics
· New Business
· RFP Evaluation Committee Representative (2 LAP Projects)
· SawgrassVillage Major Modifications
· Florida Coastal and Ocean Policy Report Card
· DRI - SW Commerce Center Status
· Scenic Conservation Issues - Billboards
· OAR House - North Florida Land Trust Plans for North Guana Landing
· Code Enforcement Follow-up
· Old Business Updates
1. Windswept Acres Park / Frank Butler/Green Road Wil Smith
2. Pope Road Scenic Overlook Bob Samuels
3. Northern Gateway & Kiosk Vickie Renna
4. Garbage collection - North Coastal Corridor Irene Kaufman
5. Transportation Committee Study Tony Bosco
6. CMP 5 Yr Update Report Vickie Renna
7. Bird Island Park Alyce Decker
· Friends of A1A Update Sallie O'Hara
· FDOT Update Debrah Miller
3. Other Issues: Sector Updates: Ponte Vedra >> North Beach-Vilano >> City of St Augustine >>City of St Augustine Beach >> Mid Anastasia Island
4. Next Scenic & Historic A1A - CMC Meeting Place and Time - July 13, 20095. Adjourn Meeting
Apr. 29, 2009
John Foley, the General Manager of Seaboard, called me this afternoon to inform me that garbage pickup for the South Ponte Vedra area will be moved to Mondays starting May 25th, 2009. They will mail a letter to the impacted residents and also place information on their front door to alert them to this change. Recycling and yard trash pickups remain on Wednesday. This change impacts properties from 3rd Street (the castle and the way to Cap's) north.
This is a welcomed change and one that Friends of A1A championed. The residents on A1A in S. Ponte Vedra have complained for years about trash blowing on A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway as garbage pick up has been on Thursday. As there are many vacation rentals in the area, many didn't put their trash out until Saturday or Sunday when they were leaving and the trash would sit out for days. An active letter writing campaign by the residents was beneficial to this requested change.
We thank John Foley and Seaboard for their willingness to work with the residents and listen to their concerns to make this happen.
Sep. 13, 2008
As President of the Friends of A1A, I am proud to announce that the Ocean Conservancy Beach Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. This annual event, taking place in seventy-five countries around the globe, will see Friends of A1A doing a cleanup of the beach and dunes at Porpoise Point from 8AM until noon.
We will be at the beach access located at Porpoise Point Drive and Genoa Street. Call or e-mail me and I will send you directions if you need them.
There will be a number of trash ‘grabbers’ available and ice water for all volunteers. You should wear closed shoes, gloves, and sun protection. An adult must accompany volunteers under sixteen.
Please join us and encourage your neighbors and friends to assist in keeping our community and beaches a wonderful and clean place. Please let me know if you are coming so I can let Bernie Gay, our Friends of A1A Volunteer Coordinator, know. Thanks!
Aug. 31, 2008
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun work on the much needed intersection improvements at A1A (AKA S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.) and Mickler Road. The improvements include adding a light and a turn lane. These improvements should help this accident-prone intersection. The FDOT will be holding an open house on Thursday, September 4th to discuss the improvements. All are invited. Here are the details:
FDOT Open House
When: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
What: Open house to discuss a road construction project at Florida A1A and Mickler Road
Who: Transportation officials will be available
Where: Crosswater Community Church at 1050 Florida A1A N.
The $2.2 million project, which was set to begin Tuesday, will involve resurfacing portions of the road and installing a traffic signal at the intersection.
The work will include resurfacing A1A from Gnarled Oaks Drive to Mickler, widening the road for new left turn lanes from A1A North to Mickler Road and Ponte Vedra Boulevard, replacing and realigning portions of the sidewalk from Gnarled Oaks to the Overlook business complex, constructing pedestrian islands at the intersection and constructing three drainage ponds. During construction, a temporary pavement and barrier wall will be on A1A, Mickler and Ponte Vedra Boulevard for traffic shifts and to protect workers and motorists. Daytime lane closures will occur during construction, but not from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call, toll-free,(800) 475-0044, or e-mail monica.reifeiss@aecom. com.
May. 6, 2008
As chair of Scenic & Historic Corridor Management Council and President of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, I am frequently asked about burying utilities along our scenic highway. We get push back from Florida Power and Light (FPL). So in an effort to once again understand this issue, I went to FPL's website and found:
FPL maintains, "The reliability of overhead and underground lines is comparable...The key difference between underground and overhead lines is that it typically takes more time with underground lines to diagnose the problem and make repairs. This difference in repair time is best characterized in days rather than hours." Additionally FPL states on their website: "Compared to overhead transmission lines, underground transmission lines take longer to repair and are five to fifteen times more costly to construct...FPL may only bury lines when another entity agrees to pick up the differential cost between underground and overhead construction."
Doing some quick research on the Internet, I found this report that states that underground lines are considerably more reliable than overhead, but again more expensive to bury. So, as we all suspected, it comes down to money.
In the above Edison Electric report, on page 11 it says, "The Florida House of Representatives requested that the Florida Public Utility Commission prepare a proposal to underground all electric facilities in the state following the unprecedented landfall of four major hurricanes in Florida in 2004."
We need to find the referenced proposal. I found it: http://www.psc.state.fl.us/publications/pdf/electricgas/Underground_Wiring.pdf
Nov. 26, 2007
Summary of Congressman Mica's Nov. 19, 2007 roundtable discussion on beach renourishment from S. Ponte Vedra to Vilano including updates on feasibility study and temporary armament (seawall) permits.
St. Augustine, Florida
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