by: Bill Jones St. Augustine Beach Civic Association

For nearly two decades the St Augustine Beach Civic Association successfully operated a Farmers Arts and Crafts Market that funded donations and community programs. As most people know, St Johns County found a way to take a business they did not create. While this helped the County increase their own revenue, the move left a gaping hole in the community. “Since this occurred the Civic Association has been approached by individuals who wanted to make donations to insure programs like the popular Music by the Sea concerts continue”, said SABCA Vice President Robert Samuels. “In the past we’ve never needed donations, so we had never registered with the State to do so, that is until now”.
The Civic Association has now established a separate bank account and will accept donations for the SABCA Annual Fund. People may donate by check or online starting March 1st.
SABCA President Bill Jones says 100% of all donations will go toward community programs. “Not one penny will go toward administrative costs and will instead be used to pay entertainers, and costs associate with Music by the Sea Surf Illumination and other community activities”, Jones said. “Since the Civic Association is run entirely by volunteers, we have no payroll or staffing costs. So, all of the money will be put right back into the community.” There will be some premiums for different levels of support. Donors of $25 or more will receive a newly designed Music by the Sea tee shirt. There will also be additional premiums for gifts of $50 and $100 or more. “The program has a goal of $12,000 per year, which covers about 25% of all program costs,” Jones said. “Thanks to the doubling of rent by St Johns County, a lean Music by the Sea series will still run in excess of $38,000. Sponsorships and grants should cover most of other costs.” The annual fund donation button can be found on the home page at www.sabca.org
On a sad note, we mourn the loss of a friend and outstanding public servant. City of St Augustine Beach Public Works Director Joe Howell lost a battle with cancer in early February. Joe was one of the good guys in public service! He was caring, knowledgeable and committed to doing what was best for the community. Like Joe’s family, we’ll miss his warm smile and compassion. More than anything, our community will miss his expertise and common sense.
Need to join or renew your Civic Association membership? You can do so online at www.sabca.org or you can stop by either the Sunshine Shop or Tim’s Wine Market. Both locations have cards available. Individual membership is $15, Family and Corporate Memberships are just $25 per year. Your membership helps support the good work of the Civic Association.
The card also saves you money at lots of great local businesses in the area. Restaurants, retail and even services like car repairs. Shop local and get your money back in no time. Please join or renew today!