Bill Jones President, St. Augustine Beach Civic Assoc.

It took a little while but the Taste of the Beach finally happened on November 12th. Last year’s event was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew and then we had two hurricanes this fall. The weather was great, the food delicious, the music from Those Guys was magi- cal and the crowd was large and enthusiastic!

A check will be presented in early December to the Betty Griffin Center. A list of 2017 Taste winners can be found below. Visit our website for complete results.

For the first time in the long history of Surf Illumination, the command to light up our community Christmas tree was given by a duo with six legs! K-9 Kilo and his handler Officer Bruce Cline of the Saint Augustine led the countdown as the large tree located in the center of Pier Park was lit. Kilo and Officer Cline have become local celebrities and great ambassadors for our local police department!

We want to thank our Surf Illumination sponsors for making this celebration so wonderful and they are Ameris Bank, The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, Anastasia Paining, The Sunshine Shop, FBT Mortgage, Pop A Lock, Long Street Auto and Wayne Fusco Photography.

The City of Saint Augustine Beach saw a significant increase in insurance costs for this year’s Beach Blast Off event. According to City officials acts of Terrorism at other large events across the country has led to an increase in premiums. In order to sup- port this very important event the Civic Association moved to donate $750 to help defray these costs. Beach Blast Off is still looking for volunteers. Please visit the City’s event website or contact Hala Laquidera at City Hall.

Finally thanks to Commander Thomas Ashlock of the Beach Police Department for speaking to us in November about important holiday safety topics including locking your vehicle and home, utilizing an alarm if you have one, be aware of your sur- roundings as you come and go from stores and credit card fraud. We have a list of tips on our website at Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Board of Directors of the Civic Association.

2017 Taste of the Beach Winners
Judges Winners:
Best Appetizer – Seafood Duo – Seared Ahi Tuna & Chili Lime Shrimp – Blackfly Res- taurant
Best Entrée – Shrimp & Grits – Sunset Grille
Best Dessert – Banana Beignets in Bour- bon Butter – Blackfly Restaurant
People’s Choice:
Best Restaurant – Sunset Grille Best Booth Décor – Viola’s