Veteran’s Day in St. Augustine

On Veteran’s Day 2017, my husband Kevin (a U.S. Navy Veteran) and I went to the bay front in Downtown St. Augustine to watch the annual Veteran’s Day parade. It was a beautiful display of patriotism and the atmosphere was exhilarating! St. Augustine High’s band and JROTC program was fabulous, and I am so touched and thrilled to see our local  youth become involved in something as important as honoring our veterans!  My family has served in the military for over 100 years, with my brother Stephen serving in the Navy and his son Ben now serving in the Army!  I am so grateful to every single service member for their fight to keep America free, and to their families for the sacrifices they have made to support those who serve!  May God bless you and keep you!

With tremendous gratitude,

Paula Fallon

 

Ecotourism in Marineland

Ecotourism in Marineland

Explore the vast nature in Marineland with an eco-excursion from Marineland. What this consists of is a 2.5-hour kayak tour into the Marineland Matanzas Basin. While on this tour an expert will be focusing on things like the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin natural habitat. There is no prior kayaking experience needed either, this tour is offered from September – May.

 

Top Five Golf Courses in St.Johns

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Top Five Golf Courses in St. Johns

While St. Johns County has a vast array of golf courses both public and private, these are the top 5 courses in the county.  Happy Golfing everyone!

King & Bear: Located at the World Golf Village, the design of the course is a unique collaboration between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Experience truly spectacular forestry with exotic loblolly pines, majestic oak trees, and crystal clear lakes. This course is open to the public.

Slammer & Squire: Conveniently located within the resort of World Golf, this course was designed by Bobby Weed with other design consultants like Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.  This course is open to the public.

TPC SawgrassKnown as being one of the best courses in the country, this course is located between Jacksonville, Florida, and St. Augustine Florida. Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine has awarded TPC with, “Top 10 Golf Course Resorts in the World”.  This course is open to the public.

Palencia Club: One of the greatest luxuries of this course is the location. Conveniently located within Palencia’s village center, golfer or not, there’s an experience for everyone. Whether it be golfing, fine dining, or a night out, this course has it all. Designed by Arthur Hill, this massive 7,701-yard course consists of ancient maritime oak trees and is along the Intracoastal Waterway.  This a private course.

Marsh Creek Country ClubThe only private golf course located on the barrier island of Anastasia, Marsh Creek encourages golfers of all levels of experience to enjoy the course. There are six tee placements in order to accommodate all level of players.  This is a private course.

 

Why Rent When You Can Own?

 

Why rent when you can own?

Thinking about purchasing a home this year? Discover everything that you need to know to get started.

  • Relevant mortgage information.
  • Credit fixes.
  • Planning for a financially rewarding future.
  • Current real estate market information and the home buying process.

RSVP through Eventbrite or call Paula directly at 904-687-6177 to reserve your space.

Bridge of Lions

bayfront LionsDid you know… In 1895, a wooden toll bridge first connected St Augustine with Anastasia Island, and passengers were carried across it by a mule-drawn trolley. Modified in 1904 to carry the cars of an electric trolley line, it proved to be unattractive and insufficient for the rapidly increasing automobile traffic.

During the 1920’s, a new bridge stretching 1,538 feet was planned to provide a more efficient means to transit to the Davis Shores development. The modern bridge flanked by four towers opened in 1927 with a drawbridge to allow tall boats to pass through. Named the Bridge of Lions for the pair of Carrara marble Medici Lions statues that are copies of those found in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy. The statues were a gift of Dr. Andrew Anderson (1839–1924), the builder of the Markland House, who spent the last decade of his life putting works of art in public places in the Ancient City.

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1982.

Fort Mantanzas – A Hidden Treasure

Built in 1742 by the Spanish to guard Matanzas Inlet, which was used as a rear entrance to the city of St. Augustine, this National Monument listed on the National Register of Historic Places is one of the most popular places to visit in St. Augustine.

Located on Rattlesnake Island, Matanzas Fort is 50 feet long on each side with a 30-foot high tower. The standard garrison of the fort was an officer in charge, two gunners, and four infantrymen although if necessary more troops could be accommodated. There were six cannons which could all reach the inlet when shot, which was less than half a mile away at the time. There was only one occasion when the cannons were actually fired. This occurred in 1742 as the fort was nearing completion.

Today the fort stands as a monument to the history of St. Augustine. Boaters who travel down the Intracoastal to hang out at the Matanzas Inlet enjoy its splendor as they pass by as well as enjoying fabulous sunsets over the fort.

Free tours of the Matanzas Fort are available daily. For more information on visiting the Matanzas Fort go to Fort Matanzas National Monument (National Park Service website.)