First America Foundation to Unveil New Website and Logo

On Wednesday, March 23rd First America Foundation, Inc. will  unveil the foundation's new website and logo before the general public at the St. Johns County Council on Aging River House,  located at 179 Marine Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

"We're excited to have the St. Augustine community come out and join us for this exciting event," said Jamie Alvarez, executive director. She explained that the website ( will give a concise look at the work of the foundation, plus introduce the foundation's honorary board, board directors and staff.  The website will also offer a link to the foundation’s strategic plan.

Palencia to open swim and fitness center March 30

ICI Homes will formally open the new state-of-the-art swim and fitness center at Palencia, 1865 N. Loop Parkway in St. Augustine on Wednesday, March 30.

Rosemary Messina, vice president of sales and marketing at ICI Homes, said the 8,000 square foot facility with its state-of-the-art competitive swimming pool was designed as a sanctioned pool for swimmers qualifying for state, national, and Olympic events.

Lighthouse Festival Features 2nd Annual Boat Show and Chance to Win the “Susan Skiff”

Lighthouse Festival Features 2nd Annual Boat Show and Chance to Win the “Susan Skiff”

On Saturday, March 19, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum will offer free admission to the Lighthouse tower & museum during the 19th annual Lighthouse Festival. Attendees may climb the tower, explore the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Boatworks’ Wooden Boat Show and enter to win a hand-built small craft.

During its inaugural edition the Wooden Boat Show offered a collection of traditional watercraft from all over Florida. This time around the 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Show seeks to include traditional watercraft powered by sail, oar or engine.

St. Augustine Dealership Promises Free Cars if it Rains

St. Augustine Dealership Promises Free Cars if it Rains

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's not a blow-up gorilla, but a new promotion by Bozard Ford off Interstate 95 has been drawing king-sized attention.

"We were looking for a sales promotion that would get people talking," explained Jeff King, general manager.

If you buy a car from Bozard in March and it rains 1 inch the morning of April 8, the dealership will refund the full purchase price of the car. That includes both new and pre-owned models. 

That may sound like a foolish business plan, but the promotion is insured and King said Bozard will pay an insurance premium based on the number of cars it sells this month. 

Alligator Adventure Course to Open March 23

Alligator Adventure Course to Open March 23

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Open wide!

The newest adventure at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is set to open next week. 

It is called "Crocodile Crossing" and it is a high-wire rope and zip line course directly over the alligators on display.

The course will officially open to the public on Wednesday, March 23, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $65 per person for the 45-minute to hour-long adventure.

Visitors must be 57 inches tall and weigh less than 250 pounds to enjoy the course.

See a sneak peek of "Crocodile Crossing!"

FPL Selects Four Teachers in St. Johns County for Renewable Energy Classroom Grants

Florida Power & Light Company today announced that four teachers in St. Johns County were selected to receive $4,000 in funding through FPL’s 2011 Renewable Energy Teacher Grant program.

The winning teachers will receive the funding to support classroom projects that help teach students about renewable energy and adhere to the Florida State Board of Education’s Sunshine State Standards. In total, 43 teachers across FPL’s 35-county service territory have been selected to receive a total of $43,000 in 2011.

Summer Lunch Providers Needed

The Jacksonville Children's Commission (Commission), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Education are currently seeking community organizations to partner with to serve lunches and snacks this summer in low-income neighborhoods free of charge and in a safe, effective and efficient manner to help alleviate child hunger.