FEATURED STORIES

From friends to Eagle Scouts: Strong bond leads to celebrating top rank together

Ethan Lopez, Lucian Slayden, Gavin Lavallee and Nash Kersting are friends and were all able to earn the rank of Eagle Scout together.
It has been a busy time for Ponte Vedra Beach Troop 288, which recently had four from the troop earn the rank of eagle scout from Scouting America.
Top: Bison leg bone. Middle row, from left: Whale inner ear bone; two-inch shark's tooth; tooth, possibly from a horse. Bottom row, from left: Teeth from various ancient animals; round object appears to the eye to be a fossilized lizard; top of a jar which may have washed ashore from a Spanish ship.
Dave Tyler wandered down the Solana Road public beach access ramp to water’s edge to do what he did on a regular basis: gather the sharks’ teeth that had washed up on the shore. This day turned …
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Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard opens in Ponte Vedra

Pictured from left are Jenny Mclaughlin, Scott Mclaughlin, Ice Guy, Richard Mclaughlin and Shane Mclaughlin.

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard threw a party Friday, June 7, for its grand opening at 840 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, and attracted a large crowd of revelers, all seeking a cool treat on …

Florida Man Games to return in March 2025

Pete Melfi, center, is the event organizer and founder of The Florida Man Games.

Just when the world thought Floridians couldn’t get any wilder, they have. The Florida Man Games will return March 1, 2025. This irreverent competition, where the state’s most unruly residents …

LOCAL NEWS
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Florida is known for its beautiful weather throughout the year which leads so many residents spending time outside to enjoy it. However, that time outside also requires some precautionary …
The population of St. Johns County, which was 273,425 in 2020 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has not remained static. County officials have estimated that it rose to 296,919 in 2022 and 315,317 …
The Palm Valley Community Association, in collaboration with the Ponte Vedra Community Association, will host a candidate forum for St. Johns County District 7 State Senator and District 18 State …
At the Coastal Friends monthly luncheon on June 5, held at Marsh Landing Country Club, the existing executive board and committee chairs were thanked for their service as they transitioned out of …
Give Dad the gift of good golf this Father’s Day, from professional lessons to apparel, gift cards and more! The TPC Network is your one-stop shop for the perfect Father’s Day. TPC apparel, …
FEATURES
Beat-the-heat plants for your landscape!
The summer months in Northeast Florida can be hot and humid! When adding to your landscape, it is important to select plants that are hardy enough to withstand these sometimes harsh conditions. …
Ashby Clifford Murray, known as “AC” by friends and family, has been proudly living in North Florida for seven years. He is a St. Augustine resident who enjoys the tranquility of the historic …
Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are traits many women naturally possess and can lead to confident decision-making and courageous accomplishments.
To The Editor: There has been much discussion about the recent settlement involving the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and its impact on consumers seeking to buy or sell a home. As we …
At the Coastal Friends monthly luncheon on June 5, held at Marsh Landing Country Club, the existing executive board and committee chairs were thanked for their service as they transitioned out of …
NOCATEE HAPPENINGS

Innovative strategies took center stage at Circle of Creation event

Attendees participate in the group scenario session of the event.

The link in Nocatee hosted the second event of its Circle of Creation The Expansion Project initiative on May 8.

COA Center at UF Health Nocatee announces June schedule

The following programs will be held in June at COA Center at UF Health Nocatee, 351 Town Plaza Ave., Suite 205, Ponte Vedra.

Churchmen luncheon for May

Pictured at The Churchmen May luncheon at Marsh Landing are, from left, Paul Nevin, secretary; Rich Reilly, Vice Chair; Tim Deegan, meteorologist; John Ekdahl, chair; and Peter Karpen, treasurer.

ONE OF US
Dr. David Slossberg
Dr. David Slossberg is the new owner and treating chiropractic physician of Ponte Vedra Beach Chiropractic. The practice is currently located at 814 A1A N., Suite 102, Ponte Vedra Beach, but later …
Johnattan Hernandez is the new executive chef at TPC Sawgrass.
Sarah DePasquale combined her love of horses growing up and her career as a bartender to begin Unbridled Bar, which is a horse trailer turned mobile bar business.
Michael and Carla Resetar opened ScanManFL in 2022 and are now serving an important need in the community.
Dr. Melissa Johnson has decades of experience as a veterinarian in the local community, but the Ponte Vedra Beach resident is about to embark on a new adventure as she is preparing to open Sunrise Vet at Sawgrass thanks to a partnership with Sawgrass Pet Resort.
Courtney Lewis has spent the past decade as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony, and he has seen it grow in both the talent on stage and its cultural place with the community.
Travon Walker is from Thomaston, Georgia but also calls Jacksonville and Northeast Florida home since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft.
SPORTS

Bailen basketball camp continues as summer tradition

The annual tradition that is the Bailen Basketball Summer Camp at Nease High School is back and in full force with six weeks of camps scheduled throughout the summer in June and July. The only …

Landrum Middle School baseball team wins title

The Landrum Varsity Baseball Team, from left: back row, Coach Aviv Blasbalg, Cooper Mayer, Brian James, Coach Andrew Benton, Camden Maddox, Davidson O’Donnell, Max Howard, Chase England, Jackson Miller, Max Hydell; front row, Ryan Broughton, Noah Weinroth, Dylan Augusta, Charlie Westrip, Nate Mohan, Michael Stehl

Coach Andrew Benton, assisted by Coach Aviv Blasbalg, led the Landrum Middle School baseball team to a win in the 2024 SJMSAA title this year 6-2.

Local 8U lacrosse team wins tournament

The 8U Jaws Black Tip team with the Championship Banner.

The Ponte Vedra Lacrosse 8U Jaws Black Tip team emerged victorious in the 8U division at the Sunshine State Summer Kick-Off Lacrosse Tournament held on May 18-19 in Wellington, Florida.

Sporting JAX to host soccer watch party series

Sporting JAX, the group bringing professional men’s and women’s USL soccer to Northeast Florida, will host six “Summer of Soccer” watch parties across the First Coast community.

Sixteen students named to JAGA scholarships

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association awarded its latest college scholarship recipients at a banquet on May 21 at Deerwood Country Club.

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association announced its 16 new college scholarship recipients for 2024 at a banquet on May 21 at Deerwood Country Club.

IN THE ARTS
MOCA offers free access for military families, first responders
MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, has partnered with Blue Star Museums and CSX to offer free admission to the families of active duty and former military and …
Ideas for novels may pop easily into a beginning writer’s head, but how to turn that idea into a complete novel is often a problem. Award-winning author Richard Gartee discusses the process of how …
The hills are alive this summer with plenty of entertainment as Apex Theatre Studio gears up for its 11th season of bringing top-notch theater to St. Johns County audiences. The summer opens …
Concerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine’s free summer-long music series, has returned to the Plaza de la Constitución with many returning favorite bands and several new ones. The two-hour …
Obituaries

Marilyn Dell Rossie

Marilyn Dell Rossier, 89, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, peacefully departed this life on June 4th, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Rossier. Born in Paterson, NJ, Marilyn was a …

Death Notices for June 13, 2024

Anne Abplanalp Anne Abplanalp, 86, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, died May 31, 2024. Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Cemetery – 904-285-1130 – …

Mary Lee (Messinese) Weeks

Mary Lee (Messinese) Weeks passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024.

Fact or Fiction? Discover the Truth about Canine Osteoarthritis and Available Treatment Options
(BPT) - Has your dog been acting differently? Do they seem to be slowing down? What many pet owners don’t realize is that changes in behavior can also mean your four-legged friend is in pain. …
¿Puede reconocer las “4 P” de una estafa?
(BPT) - ¿Alguna vez ha recibido una llamada o mensaje de alguien que afirma ser funcionario de una agencia gubernamental como el Servicio de Impuestos Internos, la Administración del …
Can you recognize the 4 Ps of a scam?
(BPT) - Have you ever received a call or message from someone claiming to be from a governmental agency like the Internal Revenue Service or Social Security, or even claiming to be your grandchild? …
Universities and colleges that need to fill seats start offering a helping hand to student-parents
The Hechinger Report discusses what is being done at colleges to help student-parents meet insurmountable obstacles in the pursuit of their degrees.
Quantum computers are like kaleidoscopes − why unusual metaphors help illustrate science and technology
Quantum computing is like Forrest Gump ’s box of chocolates : You never know what you’re gonna get. Quantum phenomena – the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic …