by: Bill Jones
 St. Augustine Beach Civic Association

The 2018 edition of Music by the Sea Concert kicks off Wednesday May 16th with “A Party for Paul”. The event will benefit former SABCA Board Member Paul Slava who is a recent liver transplant recipient and has several health challenges and now a small mountain of medical bills. Paul served on our Board from 2010 through 2014. He was also a founding member, board member and volunteer with the Art Studio Group.

According to SABCA Executive Robert Samuels “Paul is a guy who gave countless hours to serve others here in our community, all while being a single Dad and dealing with rheumatoid arthritis and now organ failure. He’s a friend and we hope the community will come out and show their love and support.

The event will start at 6 PM with free dance lessons by our friend Captain Adam Morley and his beautiful better half Janine. D Dan from VIP Entertainment will spin a wide variety of tunes including some swing, Motown and disco too. We area asking MBTS fans to leave their coolers at home and purchase beer, wine and soft drinks at the event. Much like Taste of the Beach we’ll have a beverage station, a few door prizes and a 50 / 50 Raffle.  All proceeds will go the Paul Slava Medical Fund. A link to the Paul’s fund can be found on our website at www.sabca.org.

More notes on Music by the Sea – We’ll again be offering free parking and a shuttle for all 17 concerts. We excited to announce that Friends of Scenic A1A Historic Byway are partnering with the Civic Association this summer. Scenic A1A President Bill McClure and SABCA hope to attract advertisers and grants to establish some consistent public transportation along the byway. The 24-passenger shuttle will bear the logos of both organizations. Thanks to this year’s sponsors Longstreet Auto, Ameris Bank, Diane’s Natural Market, Annie-Mac Mortgage, Pop A Lock, Life Storage, Old City Homes, Wayne Fusco Photography and Eclipse Studios. The complete 2018 Concert and Restaurant schedule can be found at www.sabca.org

Good news for fans of The Wednesday Market! While the County prepares and eventually accepts applicants to compete to operate The Wednesday Market, Chairman Henry Dean suggested the Civic Association operate the market until that process concludes. It appears SABCA will continue to operate the market at least through the summer months. The market is open ever Wednesday morning from 8 am until 12:30 pm at the Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd here at the Beach.

Our next meeting will one that covers the subject of dangerous drugs in our community. As you may have already heard or read, our nation is facing an opioid crisis and like it or not, we have heroin dealers and users in our county. Some even here in our backyard. The Beach Police in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit will do a presentation on the reality of this crisis and its impact on our community. Please join us on Thursday April 12th at City Hall Community Room. Door open at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7 pm. Soft drinks will be served and the public is welcome and encouraged to join us.