by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association

Season 17 of Music by the Sea is filled with 19 weeks of talent and variety! Some great local bands like Those Guys, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg and Chilula and a few surprises too!
Week one will feature the award-winning Fruit Cove Middle School Jazz Band. “This band is extremely talented and has played on several big stages including a national competition in New York City”, said MBTS Co-Producer Michael Longstreet. The first show on May 8th is week earlier this year. With the Players Championship moving to March, it created a void in a non-peak tourist week and MBTS was glad to fill it.

On June 5th Music by the Sea patrons are in for a real treat as we welcome the amazing Peter Karp Band. Peter Karp is best described as an Americana artist with a very soulful voice. Learn more at www.peterkarp.com. Goldmine Magazine calls Peter an insightful songwriter, a spellbinding performer, and a searing slide guitarist with significant keyboard skills. Karp bounces between several instruments, handling electric resonator slide guitar, acoustic guitar — as well as harmonica and piano.
“Normally this entertainer’s budget would be out of reach for us,’ Longstreet said. “An open date between bigger shows here in Florida and a connection between Karp’s manager and our President Bill Jones really made this happen. The entire Music by the Sea schedule can be found at www.freebeachconcerts.com

Civic Association stands it ground after comments by Mayor
After hearing from City Vice Mayor Margaret England in January and the No Paid Parking SAB group in February, The Civic Association Membership resolved and urged the City to stand down on “Pay to Park”.
We communicated to the entire City Commission that based on feedback from our members and citizens, most people would have been willing to support a small millage increase with a defined specific purpose of adding a couple of police officers and working with the County to develop new parking spaces and perhaps a shuttle program for summer months. At her Parking forum, the Mayor declared that citizens were against a millage increase because she “asked some people if they were in favor of paying higher taxes so tourists could park for free”. Respectfully Mayor George, comparing our position to your question is a lot like comparing raisins to watermelons. Our Board has sent a letter to the Mayor and copied the Commissioners and City manager to point out the vast difference. We still believe that more parking, not paid parking is where the City and County should be focused.
Are you saving money with your SABCA membership card? Individual memberships for the Civic Association are just $15 per year, while family and business memberships are just $25. You can purchase the card at The Sunshine Shop and Tim’s Wine Market during their regular business hours. You may also join online at www.sabca.org