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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.

Jacksonville Beach to light up city

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Rob Nicholson and Kurtis Loftus are two men helping to light up Jacksonville Beach this winter.

"It was so dark last year," Nicholson remembered. "We didn't have any Christmas lights last year."

Nicholson is working to light up light poles for four blocks in Jacksonville Beach.  Lights will be up on 3rd and 1st Streets, he said.  City hall will be the centerpiece, and Loftus is creating something called "Deck the Chairs".

"The idea is to take these red lifeguard chairs that are 9-feet-tall," Loftus explained, "bring them into the plaza and let people decorate them," with lights and structures to make them look like boats, sea creatures, sandcastles, etc.

The goal is to decorate and light up Jacksonville Beach for the first ever Beaches Winter Lights Festival, and organizers are taking a cue from St. Augustine's successful Nights of Lights.

Foxy ladies sought, accused of stealing from Gucci outlet

Foxy ladies sought, accused of stealing from Gucci outlet

 

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St Johns County Sheriff's Office is looking for two women who allegedly stole from the Gucci Outlet store in St. Augustine.

St. Augustine; Birth place of boxed Vodka

St. Augustine; Birth place of boxed Vodka

 

Shaken, Stirred, and Straight LLC, a Saint Augustine Florida company, has introduced the first line of high quality boxed spirits called “CheapShot”. The first products of the CheapShot line are an ultra premium, ultra smooth vodka, and an amazing new caramel flavored vodka. Both are already award winning and come “highly recommended” by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, IL.

5 Things You Need to Know Today: Jan. 31

1. Eat a Banana to Honor Ham!: On this day in 1961 Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.

2. There’s An App for That, but You Won't Use It: Consumers ignore most apps on their smartphones. Of smartphone owners, 68% open only five or fewer apps at least once a week, finds a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

3. Contacts Lenses Don’t Discriminate: An elephant in Amsterdam's zoo has made history after being fitted with a jumbo-sized contact lens following an eye injury, a statement said Monday.

Music Review: Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic

Music Review: Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic

From the day I started listening to country music, Tim McGraw has been one of my favorite artists. He has a good vocal range and the ability to make albums with a little bit of everything. By that I mean that he has a mix of up-tempo, nostalgic, and inspiring songs.