Families

Should Nights of Lights remain up until Valentine's Day?

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Millions of white lights for the Nights of Lights will be turned on this Saturday.

Some business owners want the lights to stay on until Valentine's Day.

Susan Marrazzo and her husband own Simple Gestures Arts and Gifts in St. Augustine.

Wednesday, she was tagging her inventory. Many of her holiday decorations are already up inside and outside of the store.  

The outside decorations will match other decorations in St. Augustine during the Nights of Lights.

"It's just beautiful, magical," Marrazzo said, describing the Nights of Lights.

It's so magical that she and her husband are asking St. Augustine's mayor to consider keeping the lights up until Valentine's Day. 

"It's only a little bit longer," she said. "It's about two more weeks."

The 2.5 million lights draw thousands of people from around the world to St. Augustine from Thanksgiving through the end of January.

Community Empowerment Series hosts Michele Borba

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County is hosting celebrity parenting experts to speak on topics designd to empower St. Johns County to be one of the best in Florida.

School takes part in National Digital Learning Day

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA--Digital learning is quickly becoming the wave of the future for education.  Instead of carrying around big textbooks, for students at Palencia Elementary School, all of their textbooks are on iPads and their teachers use Smartboards instead of chalkboards.

To celebrate National Digital Learning Day with other schools in the country, students at Palencia Elementary will be doing a digital scavenger hunt across the school, Skyping other classes in St. Johns County and parents can get involved too.  They can log in and observe via a web cam some of their children's classes.

The principal Don Campbell says after the new school was built, they had money set aside to buy new text books, but instead of buying new books the faculty and staff thought it would be a better idea to buy iPads and download all the textbooks onto them.  

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Saving Your Money: Wedded Bliss on a Budget

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "He took me to a dock down the way from our house, on a lake," 22-year-old Brittany Thomas reminisces.

"He had wine in hand and roses. We watched a meteor shower and shooting starts, but I don't think he planned that," she laughs.

25-year-old Trey Burnett proposed to Brittany back in March.

The couple knew the wedding would be at the same church in which Brittany's parents married 25 years ago.

Then the planning began, pulling the bride-to-be back down from cloud-9.

"It goes back and forth," Brittany sighs. "there are times it gets very hectic when we try to figure out all the money situation."

Brittany explains that she and her fiance' are on a tight budget, so creativity when planning for the big day has been key.

She was more than willing to share some of her wedding planning strategies.

"We are doing all of the planning ourselves," Brittany tells us.

FPL’s Summer Savings Tips: Keep Your Cool and Make the Most of Your A/C

With the official start of summer just one week away, FPL reminds customers that weather is the number one cause of higher electric bills, especially as air conditioning usage increases along with rising outdoor temperatures.

“Air conditioning can account for half or more of electric bills, with outside temperatures directly affecting how often and how long systems must run to cool homes and businesses,” said FPL’s energy efficiency blogger Danielle Mousseau.  “While FPL customers already have the lowest bills out of all 55 utilities in the state, we’re committed to helping Floridians manage energy use throughout the warm summer months and make their bills even lower.”

Mousseau offers simple tips customers can implement to keep excess light and heat out of their homes, helping air conditioners work more efficiently and saving money in the process.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse Black Tie Event

St. Augustine Lighthouse Black Tie Event

They may be going fast, but the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum still has tickets for its Legado gala event on March 23, and we’d love for you to come!

Not only will the Legado gala have a Spanish guitar, as well as a jazz Latino musical performance, it will also include a Malaga, Spain music exhibit. The exhibit will feature authentic Spanish music with a variety of genuine instruments, all of which can be played by guests of the gala. Adding to the festivities, the Lighthouse Archaeology Maritime Society will be performing various scenes from its successful Discover First America! presentation, The Madness of King George.