For the school district’s new coaches of the year. St. Augustine volleyball coach Hannah Richardson, Menendez football coach Patrick Turner, Ponte Vedra girls’ basketball coach Jim Piggott, Nease baseball coach Jeremiah Klosterman, Creekside girls’ lacrosse coach Ellyn Spangenberg and Bartram Trail boys weightlifting coach Marc Nadeau were recognized this week.


To one of St. Augustine’s better bragging points — the Amphitheatre. It’s not only a great venue for residents but it’s also driving a different layer of tourism our way. They come, they eat, they head for the hotel or home and that’s that. The entertainment industry ranks amphitheaters in several ways but, by ticket sales alone, our ranks 11th in the country for the first half of the year — with over $75,000 tickets sold.


“A painting is not a poster, not 10 seconds and you have everything … No … it starts a dialogue in your mind, and if you like that dialogue, it goes on and on.”

Ponte Vedra Beach artist Susanne Schuenke, speaking in a story about the exhibit of her artwork at the County Administration Building this month. She will give guided tours of her work from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and 30.

“It’s humbling to be in the room with that group of coaches. They get it. It is about being competitive in sports, but it’s about building character and young leaders. They do it better than most.”

School Superintendent Tim Forsen, speaking a ceremony citing out county’s coaches of the year.

“I think it’s always worth exploring a means of energy that is sustainable and resilient … You always have to take the long view if you’re going to make that kind of investment … We are called the Sunshine State, after all.

St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, speaking in a story Sunday about solar co-ops and the future of the technology.

“Our numbers have increased … we have seen a significant increase in new people coming through the door that we haven’t seen before. “

— Home Again St. Johns Executive Director Ellen Walden, speaking in a story about increased in homeless populations, especially within the city limits of St. Augustine.

“The thing that’s the most impressive to me is a lot of the venues on this list are three or four times as large as us.”

Ryan Murphy, general manager of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, speaking about its recent rating as the No. 11 venue in the country in ticket sales or the first six months of 2017.

“I will believe them when I see them do it. I am not going to get my hopes up and tell my customers there is going to be a season this year.”

— Head boat captain Darryll Lloyd, speaking in a story about a possible reopening of red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic. The fishery — both recreational and commercial — has been locked down tight since 2015, with f very limited fishing the prior three years.

“Raising the fees hurts someone, decreasing them hurts someone else … “What we’re trying to do is balance these out to have a net positive effect on everybody.”

County Commissioner Chair Jimmy Johns, speaking in meeting Tuesday at which a consultant debuted his proposed thresholds for impact fees. Most were substantially above what is currently in place.

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— The Record President and Publisher Tony Bernados, speaking in a story about the sale of The Record newspaper and 10 of its Morris Communications sister papers — including the Jacksonville Times-Uion — to GateHouse Media. The sale will become final early in October.