Green Cove Springs and the Council on Aging of Clay County

Derek Hankerson had an opportunity to sit down with Andrew (Drew) DeCandis, Executive Director and Shereen Snare, Marketing and Community Manager of Council on Aging of Clay County regarding the services provided to seniors in various locations in Clay County.

To include potential course offering and transportation services for Clay County residents through Clay Transit.

In Search of the Chalupa

The Chalupa was moved from the Fountain of Youth to the St Augustine Municipal Marina on March 28th. The crew rowed the boat and did it with style and class, Pedro Menendez of Aviles would have been proud.

Armstrong and Rails to Trails Festival

Armstrong, Florida is located off route 207 in St. John’s County, Florida. It too is home to the West African population named Gullah Geechee.

It was the West African descendants who settled this community in 1886 after the Civil War and is part of General Sherman’s Special Field Order number 15, which confiscated 400,000 acres for the newly freed slaves and gave them 40 acres.

Today, Armstrong is part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and includes 3 cycling trails to include Rails to Trails, Sea Island Loop and East Coast Greenways (ECG).

The ECG runs from Key West, Florida to Calasis, MA approximately 3,000 miles and overlaps the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which extends from St. Johns County to Pender County, North Carolina.

This year the Spuds, Elkton and Armstrong (SEA) Community will celebrate its 4th Annual Rails to Trails Festival to highlight this rural, agricultural and cycling community.

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.