Sneak Peak at New Pirate Museum

Out the outside, it looks like a generic warehouse.

Inside this as-yet-undisclosed location in St. Augustine, pirate museum props are overflowing the shelves and peeking out of boxes. 

Pat Croce opened a squeaky door at the warehouse and said, "This is our secret bunker." He smiled a wry smile.

"I had to rent 6,000 feet to put all this paraphernalia and items we shipped up from Key West. Where was I going to put it? The museum's not ready for it"

Shelves are lined with trunks, real and fake swords, and rusty lanterns.

An unfinished mural of a pirate ship stretches across one wall of the warehouse.

The museum's creative director creates clouds and waves with every stroke of a paint brush.

Another man cleaned a cannon on the floor.

Croce bounced around the warehouse showing off the items inside and explaining how they will be used in his museum.

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Big Shoals State Park is hosting the Second Annual Pumpkin Fest

WHITE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Shoals State Park is hosting the Second Annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

Flagler Professor Receives Funding From Pulitzer Center to Report in Cuba

Tracey Eaton, assistant professor of communication at Flagler College, spent part of his summer in Cuba writing for the Pulitzer Center.

The Pulitzer Center helps finance fieldwork in investigative journalism on issues that aren't reported by the mainstream media, and Eaton approached them with the idea of talking to dissidents and bloggers about their goals and views on U.S. policy toward Cuba.

"You have bloggers who are having a big impact on international opinion of what's going on in Cuba," said Eaton, who was Havana bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News from 2000 to early 2005. "The bloggers are giving their version of the story of what's going on in Cuba despite huge obstacles."

It was a busy trip for Eaton. While in Cuba, Fidel Castro resurfaced after his intestinal surgery, and the government announced the release of 50 political prisoners.

Eaton, who is bilingual, has a passion for Cuba and the Cuban people.

Flagler College Film Festival to begin screening on Sept. 30

Flagler College will unspool its first edition of the Flagler College Film Festival (FCFF) Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with 22 films from around the world and right next door.

Partially funded by the Arnold and Barbara Grevior Fund for Film Studies, FCFF will present films in five venues on campus and downtown St. Augustine.

The films will represent 11 countries.  Screenings will take place in the Flagler College Auditorium, Gamache-Koger Theater in the Student Center, The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, outdoors on the college's West Lawn and at the St Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St.

Tickets are $3 with a current Flagler College ID, $7 for seniors and other faculty and $9 general admission. Admission to the children's film is $1 per child and $3 for accompanying adults. For the environmental film, "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," tickets are just $3 for children. The Festival accepts all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.

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Stressed Homeowner Education Seminar

What: a free seminar with industry experts on the various options for a homeowner stressed about their house situation.  There is no "one size fits all" model, so options are presented to educate the homeowner on the various choices

When: September 30, 2010

Where: Jacksonville Beach Community Center -
Located on the corner of South Beach Pkwy and Osceola Ave.

When: 7-9pm

MAU Job Fair for Welders with Mechanical Skills on September 30th

A special job fair will be held on Thursday, September 30th for individuals with mechanical and welding experience for MAU job openings at the Jacksonville TTX location. The welding positions will be performing railcar maintenance and repair duties for MAU at TTX.  MAU is a human resources firm headquartered in Augusta, GA that provides custom workforce solutions.  

St. Augustine Performers, Vendors Rally for Less Regulation

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- For years, performers and vendors in St. Augustine have fought for their rights to practice their trade in public areas, sometimes taking their battle to the courtroom.

The city has created laws that limit performing and selling goods on the streets, and now has been considering an ordinance to regulate the horse and carriage industry. This led several groups to join together at a rally Tuesday evening.

Marianne Lerbs has been in St. Augustine for 18 years, practicing her profession as a musician and artist.

"This is a positive asset to the city," Lerbs said. "And artists make a living just like everybody else, so all the money that artists produce comes back to the city because we live here."

But over the years, where Lerbs can practice has been limited and she, and other artists and musicians, have been banned from the plaza and St. George Street.