All SABNJ Articles

Speaking Modeslty

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church I recently viewed part the 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) held in Atlanta. While I share very little of the platform of the DSA in my personal...

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Music by the Sea to return in 2020

by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association Thanks to sponsors and donations form patrons, Music by the Sea will return in 2020. Unfortunately, our schedule will be reduced in size and that can be entirely blamed on the Tourism Development Council. Despite...

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What drives interest rates?

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage That is a very complicated question. There are many factors that affect rates, but I believe the largest factor is where the investors are investing their money. Let’s first discuss the prime rate. When the prime rate is lowered...

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“Fat”

by: Max Royle ~ City of St. Augustine Beach It’s that time when city and county elected officials throughout Florida do a public review of their proposed budget for the next fiscal year, 2020, which will begin October 1, 2019, and end September 30, 2020. Seemingly...

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Recently enacted law puts Florida trees at risk

by: Marcus Thompson, Esq ~ Jackson Law Group Florida is home to some of the most beautiful trees in the world and is known for its oak canopies and palm tree groves that give our cities and neighborhoods their unique look and feel. Under H.B. 1159, or “Private...

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Windows or Mac? What about Linux?

by: Steven Aldrich ~ First Coast Computer Services
What is Linux? Well, it is a very popular operating system for things like web servers, Android Phones, and Chromebooks. Linux is the system used for over 50% of the world’s websites.
It is super stable, efficient, and FREE. If you have an Android phone or a Chromebook, you are already using a version of Linux.

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Sing Out Loud Festival

(St. Augustine, Fla.) – Two hundred and eighty-nine local and regional singers, musicians, comedians and poets have been added to the official Sing Out Loud Festival 2019 lineup, making the total number of artists performing at Florida’s largest free live...

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Sims to present “Stories from the Shadows” to SAAA

(St. Augustine, Fla.) – On Tuesday Sep 3rd, the monthly meetings of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association (SAAA) resume. A talk will be given by Katherine Sims, titled “Stories from the Shadows: The Lives of the Enslaved at Arcadia Mill in Milton, Florida” The...

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Sloths in St. Augustine

(St. Augustine, Fla.) – On Friday, August 16 at 10:00 am, officials at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s newest exhibit featuring Hoffman’s two-toed sloths named Teddy and Grizzly....

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Whole lot of talking going on

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church I recently came across an interesting quote, don’t remember the source, but it went something like this: “Words are mesmerizing – even when they have nothing to say.” That really caught my...

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Civic Association welcomes new board member

by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association In response to discussions and action by both City and County Commissioners, The Board of Directors of the St Augustine Beach Civic Association are urging elected officials to make the tough decisions that go with...

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Bagels and Belonging Temple Bet Yam open house August 18th

Contributed by Temple Bet Yam Temple Bet Yam will hold an Open House on Sunday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to noon for prospective members and to recognize our newest members. Coffee, bagels and fixin’s will be served. TBY, located at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St....

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In low-inventory market, consider a renovation loan

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage As you’ve no doubt discovered if you’ve shopped for a home lately, this isn’t just a seller’s market — it’s a seller’s market on steroids. You can take your pick of theories for why housing inventory is so low nationwide. As a...

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Nominations being accepted for Chamber’s Leadership St. Johns

Contributed by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce (St. Johns County, FL) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Class of St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Johns Program (LSJ). This year-long program selects participants from...

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Survey

Time for a second essay about the responses to the recent resident survey. It had several questions concerning paid parking. The one I’ll concentrate on here is “What solution(s) do you have to solve/alleviate the parking issues in the City?”

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Florida sales tax on commercial leases reduced in January 2020

by: Andrew Jackson, Esq ~ Jackson Law Group Good news for Commercial Landlords, the reduction on state level sales taxes continues to decline. Florida is reducing the state-level sales tax rate on commercial leases for occupancy periods beginning on or after January...

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Buying a newly built home?

by: Diane Vespucci ~ Re/Max Realty Find a great Realtor. So many of my articles start out this way, I know, but it’s so helpful to you and when you’re buying, its free advice and knowledge. It’s important to remember that a great agent isn’t necessarily your friend,...

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Never, EVER pay with gift cards

Over the past few years we have seen a large increase in scams where a person on the phone demands payment in the form of Gift Cards. No matter who they say they are with, if they request that payment be made in the form of gift cards, they are a scammer. PERIOD, End of Story.

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