by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association

As we embark on Season 18 of Music by the Sea, the Saint Augustine Beach Civic Association will open the season with something new and unique.

It our first ever Women’s’ Talent Showcase! Join us on Wednesday May 20th for our opening night as we present the artistic talent of three local women.

Opening the show will be the talented Shayla Nelson. Shayla is one of our local music scenes rising stars and she’ll be followed by singer, songwriter and keyboardist Jolee! The two ladies will each do their own set of music and then will blend their voices and talent for a set together. And if the music is not enough, Music by the Sea will also be showcasing the art of Ms. Katherine Slava. Katherine is a member of The Art Studio Group and has many of her works on display in restaurants and galleries around town. Ms. Slava’s artwork will be on display beginning at 6:30 PM and the free concert in the pavilion begins at 7 PM.

The 2020 MBTS band schedule is currently posted on our website www.sabca.org on the concert page. Because of funding issues and increased costs, the 2020 season will have only 15 shows and will run through the end of August. There will also be no shuttle service this season. The Music by the Sea budget was forced to grow leaner because of the County’s legal, but unethical theft of the Farmers Market we created. As many of you know we did a survey over the off season and our patrons felt like they could Uber and Lyft their way to each show. It should also be noted that over the last three years, the shuttle never had more than 60 riders in any one night. The money saved on the shuttle will go to cover increased costs of rent and security as required by the County.

Civic Association postpones March Meeting

Because of safety concerns caused by the Covid 19 virus, the Civic Association has postponed its March meeting.

Our membership is older and we felt it was best to postpone our meeting until next month. Coty Police Commander Thomas Ashlock will be our speaker.

And while we’re talking about the virus, let me please remind you to follow the safety protocols put forth by health experts. This is especially true for our elderly and those with respiratory or immune system conditions. If you’re healthy and decide to venture out and about, please spend money with our local small business community. These are the folks that will be hit hardest. They are also the businesses that make our community so special and unique.

On a brighter note, we welcome some new businesses to our family of Participating Merchants. Please show your Civic Association Membership Card and receive discounts at the new Beachside Diner (breakfast and lunch), Going Postal (packing & shipping) and at Atlantic Self Storage (storage units) Remember Civic Association discounts are not valid with other coupons or discounts. If you’re not yet a member, please join our organization today by visiting the Sunshine Shop on the Boulevard or online at www.sabca.org