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Showing posts with label St Augustine. Show all posts

November 16, 2018

Holidays at Hammock Beach Resort - Palm Coast


This holiday season Hammock Beach Resort extends an invitation for guests to experience all that the resort has to offer. From football to feasts, take a look at what is happening at Hammock Beach this winter:
  • Thanksgiving Weekend—Hammock Beach Resort shows it’s appreciation for it’s guests with a plethora of events such as the 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, a drive-in movie, fall festival and of course, the Grand Thanksgiving Buffet. 
  • Christmas Festivities— Christmas week, guests will get into the holiday spirit as they enjoy stories told by Santa’a little helpers, play their favorite games, bounce around the holiday carnival and come together on Christmas Eve for night of food, fun and family. 
  • New Year’s Eve— Ring in the new year with Hammock Beach Resort. Between zany games, parties for all ages and even a Polar Bear Plunge, 2019 is guaranteed to begin on the right foot.   

October 8, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover The Historic Coast

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy our previous features on Amelia Island and Bradenton/Gulf Islands. Please note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference. 


-OVERVIEW-

Promising “Culture Around Every Corner”, Florida’s Historic Coast is represented by St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of Atlantic Beaches in St. Johns County - nestled midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. Among the area's many claims to fame, it is the first continuously occupied European settlement, a military outpost, the first port, a key Civil Rights location, a beach resort area, and generally a hub of "arts, culture and heritage". For more than 450 years, Florida's Historic Coast has been widely acknowledged as a valuable and worthy destination appealing to an array of interests and vacation styles. Some of the region's recent acknowledgements include: USA Today 10 Best - Top 10 Attractions in Florida (January 2018), US News & World Report - Top 50 Most Romantic Places in the World  (December 2017), AARP - Nights of Lights #1, 10 Top Holiday Light Displays in the US  (December 2017), Jetsetter Magazine - 9 Cutest Small Towns in America (May 2017), Money Magazine – number 1 Best in Travel for destinations that deliver the most value for your dollar (March 2017),  and TripAdvisor - St. Augustine Beach a Top 10 U.S. Beach three years in a row (2015-2017).

September 26, 2018

Rededication of historic Old Jail Museum hosted by Historic Tours of America and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, Sept. 26




Commemoration of 127-year-old correctional facility restoration and $5,000 donation to
St. Augustine Police Department and Benevolent Society

St. Augustine, Fla. – September 21, 2018 - The rededication and ribbon cutting at the St. AugustineOld Jail Museum will commemorate the 127-year-old correctional facility and a much-needed facelift culminating a yearlong restoration project funded by its owner and caretaker, Historic Tours of America, Inc. 

According to Dave Chatterton, General Manager of Old Town Trolley Tours and Attractions of St. Augustine, the restoration work was more than just cosmetic as Hurricane Irma caused severe damage to the Old Jail Museum last year. Interior steel girders were collapsing, and the entire roof was starting to weaken as parts were torn off by the hurricane. After seeing cracks in the building’s foundation and thick cement walls, Historic Tours of America was quick to initiate a $1 million, major restoration project to save the national treasure. “The Old Jail Museum is back in order including newly recreated interiors of the Sheriff’s office, the jailer’s sleeping quarters, parlor, kitchen, and the prisoner’s cell blocks,” said Chatterton.

November 11, 2017

FLORIDA - Storm Wreck, a 1782 St. Augustine shipwreck, added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Friday, November 3rd, Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner announced three Florida resources on the National Register of Historic Places.  Amongst the three was Storm Wreck, a wrecked British Loyalist ship from 1782 discovered by St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) archaeologists in 2009.  The site now joins only a handful of other inaccessible offshore wrecks given this designation of distinction due to the level of its historical significance.

In a press release from the State of Florida on Friday, Secretary Detzner says, “I am pleased to announce the designation of these three resources on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Michigan Avenue Bridge is one of the last bobtail swing span bridges in our state, and Oaklawn Cemetery, the first public cemetery in Tampa, has been a consistent presence in the city’s history. The Storm Wreck, a mile off the shore of St. Augustine, dates back to the American Revolution. These resources demonstrate the wide variety of historic sites throughout Florida.”

October 3, 2017

FLORIDA - Unique research, conservation and visitor lab space opens at St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Museum opens new Maritime Archaeology & Education Center as part of the progress of the Maritime Heritage Park

Lisa Olschewske Photography

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Thursday, September 28th the Museum celebrated a project twenty years in the making with the opening of a new building that houses an education and exhibit space as well as conservation labs, research library, an x-ray room and offices.  Over one hundred people including elected officials, the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Museum members and longtime supporters attended the celebration.   

“I began working on the restoration of the Keepers’ House through my involvement in the Junior Service League in the early ‘80s so it is truly a dream come true to see the archaeology and education center open,” said Judy Burnett Albright, a longtime volunteer, board member and now Trustee Emeritus. “Here, we are saving history, teaching children and providing new opportunities to locals and visitors to learn about our shared connection to the ocean all while we keep the light shining.  I couldn't be prouder to be a small part of this exciting project that is making a difference in our community!”

August 15, 2017

FLORIDA - Lighthouse will be a beacon for international connections as local HAM radio enthusiasts make the museum their home base for the weekend


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th, The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will host the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society (SAARS) for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.  This weekend is dedicated to a shared international interest in opening up lighthouses to the public all over the world in order to show their continued importance and necessity in modern navigation.  While visitors are on site they are able to participate in and listen to the amateur radio operators from SAARS contacting other lighthouses around the world. 

“We made forty contacts the last time,” said Herman Green, Secretary of SAARS. “Over the years, we’ve connected with around 500 lighthouses.  We see it as a very important and worthwhile endeavor because the public can see what we do and get an idea of how lighthouses and ships have historically communicated with each other.  We also hope to highlight how radio is helpful still today as a tool for emergency services when there is a disaster.”