Meditation Flash Mob 2016

A group of our community in St Augustine organized by Jessica O’Connor – Fusch, sat in silence holding the space for peace for 30 minutes at the NW location of the Fort Castillo de San Marcos. They prayed and meditated for the purpose of bringing peace to the world on the international day of peace. Some of the 39 that came, came dressed in white for the International day of peace.  They also wanted to share this event with their churches, yoga studios, schools, and, anywhere they frequented! The day was stunningly beautiful for such a lovely event, like a blessing.

Pods for the Homeless Being Built as We Speak

Ryan Scientific in Green Cove Springs is building these small dwellings in the shape of a small A frame shape home, these pods for the homeless are 10′ x 16″ or 160 sq. feet. Ryan Scientific calls these “Tru-Home”. These Tru-Homes are not just for the homeless, they are also possible to use for victims of disasters, portable first aid stations, and so on. First Coast.TV had a chance to sit down with Dale Ryan and his wife Nissa to talk more about the evolution of this project and the future potential of it.

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Volunteer Reception at the Lincolnville Museum

On July 29th, The Board of Directors of The Friends of Lincolnville, Inc. held a reception for its volunteers. It also gave a chance for those interested in supporting the museum, to learn more about the museum, its projects and plans for the future. The Lincolnville Museum is a treasure trove of history, not only African American, but the history of this region related to all groups that settled here.

Double Tree by Hilton Honors Law Enforcement

The Double Tree by Hilton in St Augustine honored the St Johns County Law Enforcement. To thank St Johns County’s finest for all they do to protect and serve the community. The event was held at the Anastasia Ballroom, on the 3rd floor of the Double Tree, on San Marco Ave.

A Lunch and a Project for Good

On July 21st, around noon, the Compassionate Women’s group met at Temple Bet Yam in St Augustine. This is a women’s interfaith meeting that includes a vegetarian pot luck lunch. The meeting meets at different places, they have discussions and work on projects.

In this meeting the group tackled a project of building sleeping mats from plastic bags, the kind of bag you get at the grocery store. Ellen Mensch leads the project with her know how on this particular craft. First Coast.TV was there to observe, and was truly impressed.

Many of these mats end up in the hands of homeless, making their lives a bit more tolerable.

“Save Our Vilano” Meets Over Development

Residents of Vilano Beach, North Beach and South Ponte Vedra Beach are organizing opposition to a developer-initiated request that St. Johns County amend its Future Land Use Map and, thus, pave the way for conversion of an old, unused RV park into a private commercial resort. The land in question is 43.87 acres located about 1.5 miles north of the Francis and Mary Usina Bridge on the west side of A1A/Coastal Highway, just south of Ocean Sands Beach Inn. Some residents are saying approval of the Comprehensive Plan amendment requested by Watermarke/Beachcomber’s developers could set a dangerous precedent for major commercial development along the A1A residential corridor between the bridge and Ponte Vedra Beach.

Developers are looking to build a hotel and resort project at 3457 Coastal Highway that could include about 130 rooms, 70-plus beach villas, a conference center, bed and breakfast, restaurant, café, bar, gift shop, beach club, office building, boathouse and cabana. Their application goes before the county’s Planning and Zoning Board Agency on Aug. 4. A hearing before the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for Sept. 20.

Save Our Vilano, a committee of residents fighting the developer’s request, gathered at the Serenata Beach Club on Wednesday to discuss some particulars of the project and its potential impacts. Bill Nesbitt, steering committee member of Save Our Vilano, spoke with First Coast.TV about the proposed project and what the committee is looking to achieve at this time.

St Augustine Gathers in Response to Recent Violence

More than 200 attended the St. Augustine Gathers peace demonstration on Wednesday, July 13th at the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine. Orchestrated by the St. Augustine Interfaith Community and Compassionate St. Augustine, the event served as a response to recent violence. Before the march the people gathered  at the Grace United Methodist Church on Carrera Street, where songs were sung, words where spoken, and a short video was shown. Then the attendees headed to the Plaza de la Constitucion, where We Shall Overcome and God Bless America were sung to end the march.

Traffic Solutions for the 4th of July 2016

First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to City of St Augustine, Mobility Coordinator Xavier Pellicer. The conversation revolved about a new pilot program relying on satellite parking to deal with the excess traffic in the city, especially when the city has special events. On this 4th of July weekend the city will test it, and collect data, and actually see how successful it will be. So cross your fingers and hope for the best.

Making a Difference with the Boys & Girls Clubs

First Coast.TV went in the Boys & Girls Clubs on the west side of St Augustine following a group of local residents. There mission was to find out  what the Boys & Girls Clubs are all about. What they found out was really amazing, in a nut shell, we are so lucky to have an institution like this among us. We spoke with Jennifer Tesori and Lt. Strausbaugh who both gave us awesome positive statistics about the accomplishments and future plans.

Pecha Kucha Volume 9

Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Pecha Kucha evenings are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the Pecha Kucha 20×20 format. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to Amy Robb and get the story behind Pecha Kucha. This is the 9th meeting, referred to as Volume 9.