Tropical Tennis Tournament

Rotary Club of Coastal St Johns is proud to announce they are hosting the 3rd Annual Tropical Tennis Tournament at Harbour Island Tennis Centre on March 27, 28 & 29. All proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns its local and international charities.

This newly revived annual event is actually a continuation of a tournament that took place in the late 1800’s and then ceased for generations. It was known in the tennis community as the first annual outdoor tournament of the year and took place on the wooden tennis courts (now a parking lot) behind The Alcazar Hotel & Casino. The warm weather and fancy hotel attracted players from the north and overseas, during a time when the rest of the country was still huddled indoors to escape the cold.

The original tournament concluded with dancing and festivities on the wooden tennis courts at the Alcazar. In following years, Henry Flagler evolved the celebration to include a 25-piece orchestra and Gala ball that was held at the Ponce de Leon Hotel. While a grand gala ball is scheduled to celebrate the 450th, the highlight of this year’s event will be an award presentation, dinner and silent auction that will be at the St. Augustine Yacht Club the evening of March 15th.

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The Cathedral Basilica is a Renovated Masterpiece

The Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine, FL will open to the public on Saturday the 28th of March at 2pm, so that public can see the renovations that took 8 months to accomplish. The Cathedral Basilica has a fresh and beautiful new look, First Coast.TV was able to talk to Father Willis and Mr Baker, the man in charge of coordinating the task of renovating the Cathedral Basilica. First Coast.TV was able to take a peek to the lovely work done here.

Karla Wagner and the Corazon Cinema & Cafe

First coast.TV sat with business owner Karla Wagner and had a chat about her Corazon Cinema & Cafe in St Augustine.

Rachael Bennett and St Johns County

First Coast.TV and Dereck Hankerson sat down to have a conversation with Rachael Bennett, and speak about St Johns County. They talked about the progress in St Johns County, population increase and the challenges ahead.

Debra Rhodes Gibson and the Library System

For the Month of the Woman, Derek Hankerson and First Coast.TV had a conversation with Library Systems Director of St Johns County, Debra Rhodes Gibson.

The Golden Way Project and Civil Rights

The Golden Way, led by Joe Marx, is an arm of the St. Augustine Film Society and a partner with Compassionate St. Augustine. Its mission is to show films that discuss social themes with the hope of giving attendees a better understanding and appreciation of the differences that make up the human family.
“Children of the Civil Rights” was presented, free of charge to the public, Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. The film was followed by a discussion with Director Julia Clifford.
This documentary depicts the events surrounding the peaceful sit-ins by young people at Katz’ Drugstore in segregated Oklahoma City in 1958.

New Proud Citizens USA

Today March 23rd, 2015 was a great day for a large group of people, mostly women, who became US Citizens. The ceremony took place at the St. Johns County Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL.

The auditorium was full of pride and accomplishment as these new citizens took their pledge to their new country, and took their certificates to prove their journey to this wonderful moment.

Chalupa Christening at Fountain of Youth

St. Augustine’s Maritime Heritage Foundation marked the completion of a major project as they christened their hand-built 16th-century-era chalupa today March 22, 2015, at the Fountain of Youth, St Augustine, FL.

This is the first building project at the Maritime Heritage Foundation’s replica boat yard on the waterfront at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Volunteers have been working on this replica workboat for the past three years. The chalupa will be featured in St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary celebrations later this year.

The weather was perfect for the event, and crowds came to support the event. People in period dress, food, sangria, Spanish music, it was truly a christening turned into festival.

Chalupas are long utility boats that were used extensively by early Spanish explorers and settlers. They plied the waters between the larger ships and the mainland, crossing sandbars and navigating shallows to off-load soldiers, arms, and equipment.

Founders Day at Fort Mose

On March 21, First Coast.TV caught up with James Bullock who portrays Captain Francisco Menendez at Fort Mose State Park for founders day.

Founders day highlights Governor Manuel de Montiano granting Francisco Menendez and his men their freedom and proclaiming the founding of a new town to honor the free black residents of St. Augustine and it will be know henceforth as Pubelo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose.

Captain Menendez pledges on behalf if all black subjects to support and defend St. Augustune. A church is also built at Mose under the orders of Governor Montanio by Francisco Frair, Don Joseph de Leon.

Fort Mose is the site of the First Free Black Settlement in North America and exists 2 miles north of the city if St. Augustine.

Anastasia Mosquito Control District and Jeanne Moeller

Derek Hankerson sat down with Jeanne Moeller and had a conversation about the Anastasia Mosquito Control District. Its present and its future.

Mosquitoes are insects with two wings. There are over 3,500 different species of mosquitoes found in the world; over 77 of these species are found in Florida. Forty-three species have been found in St. Johns County, each of which has a different habitat, behavior and preferred source of blood. About 10 of these species are most common and are vicious biters of man and animals in our county. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance as biting insects, but are also involved periodically in transmitting diseases to humans and animals.

Anastasia Mosquito Control District’s mission is to protect and educate us.

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