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St. Augustine, FL 32095
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Sea Turtles Coming Soon!

AROUND ANASTASIA ISLAND: Turtle nesting season starts May 1 Courtesy of Lorraine Thompson and StAugustine.com 


Hundreds of endangered sea turtles, some as large as 1,500 pounds, are expected to begin visiting the beaches of St. Johns County during the 2019 turtle nesting season.

The female turtle drags her body from the ocean to the dunes area, where she digs a nest with her back flippers and deposits nearly 100 eggs per nest. She then covers the eggs with sand and returns to the sea, leaving the fate of the anticipated offspring to the elements and volunteer caretakers. Left undisturbed after approximately two months, the eggs hatch, sending the two-inch long hatchlings seaward.

Turtle and turtle nest protection regulations go into effect May 1 and are enforced through Oct. 31, or until the last nest is hatched. The regulations affect beach visitors as well as residents. Vehicular traffic on the beach is only allowed from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists that remain on the beach after that time may be subject to fines. All beachfront properties are required to reduce interior and exterior lighting, which may impact nesting sea turtles. Volleyball court lights at St. Johns County Pier Park will turn on at sunset and turn off at 9 p.m. during the season. Driving areas on most beaches are one-way, south only. Motorists are cautioned to obey the 10 m.p.h. speed limit and to drive in the vehicle lane designated by the orange cones.

Both endangered and protected species are covered by county, state and federal laws, which can result in fines of up to $20,000 for tampering with or causing harm to the turtles and nests.

During the 2018 season, 537 nests were identified and monitored on St. Johns County beaches. A majority of those nests, 394, were on the north beaches. There were 105 nests on Anastasia Island and 38 nests in the Matanzas Inlet South beaches. An estimated 33,873 hatchlings emerged from those nests.

While that sounds like a large number, scientists estimate that only 1 in 100 hatchlings will survive once they leave the nest. Hatchlings have to escape a gauntlet of predators, such as shore birds, ghost crabs and insects to make it to the sea.

During the first year after hatching, many species of sea turtles are rarely seen. This first year is referred to as the “unknown year.”

The five varieties of sea turtles that inhabit the waters around Florida include the endangered leatherback, hawksbill and Kemps Ridley and the threatened loggerhead and green turtles. All are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

A volunteer program is authorized through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and coordinated through the efforts of Marine Turtle Permit holders. Volunteers must complete extensive training provided by the FWC and the Marine Turtle Permit Holder is responsible for specific stretches of the beach. Throughout the season volunteer turtle patrols survey the beaches at sunrise, post and stake off new nests and collect important data on nesting activities.

There are four survey areas on Anastasia Island and adjoining areas. For Anastasia State Park, call 904-461-2000; Pope Road south to Crescent Beach, email Bob Fraser at bfraser68@yahoo.com, Crescent Beach ramp south to Fort Matanzas ramp, email Scott Eastman at scottfeastman@gmail.com; and Matanzas Inlet South to southern St. Johns County, email Beth Libert at seaturtlepatrol@bellsouth.net or call 386-763-0977.

For information about permit holders and contact information along the north beaches, go to www.sjcfl.us/HCP/SurveyZones.aspx.

For information about the turtle nesting season, call St. Johns County Habitat Conservation and Beach Management at 904-209-3740 or go to www.sjcfl.us/hcp.

St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival - April 6-7-8

St. Augustine is known for it's incredible schedule of outdoor festivals, many of which are set in the Springtime each year. The weather is sunny, humidity is low and temperatures are moderate (75-85 degrees) - beautiful! The season has already kicked off, but one of the very best events is coming in just 1 week: the "Rhythm and Ribs" Festival - a wonderful blend of food, drink, music and fun - and charitable giving!

  • The Festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club - which has typically raised at least $100,000 each year for local St. Augustine/St. Johns County charities! Click here to see the beneficiaries of this year's festival: https://rhythmandribs.net/event-beneficiaries/
  • The Festival is fully supported by an all volunteer team - nearly 2,000 hours of cumulative volunteer time is given by participants over the 3-day event!
  • The event features five world-class BBQ vendors from across America, in addition to many other "novelty" food vendors providing everything from sweet corn to ice-cold snow-cones. Here's the list of vendors for this year's festival: https://rhythmandribs.net/vendors/
  • Music is key to all of these festivals and no one will be disappointed with the schedule for this year's event. Click here to see the band list and when they will be performing: https://rhythmandribs.net/timeline/

If your in town next week, April 6-7-8 - don't miss this wonderful event. Join us for some incredible food, great music and wonderful people. See you there!

Nights of Lights Has Begun!

This photo courtesy of the Schooner Freedom is a great snapshot of twilight over the city, lit up with millions of lights to celebrate the holiday season. 

Grab a drink at the Tini Martini Bar or wander down St. George Street... after dark, Saint Augustine only becomes MORE magical. 

Think you'd like to live here?

OPEN HOUSE 608 Knighthood Court Sun 11/22 from 1pm-4pm

This is a gorgeous home that I'll be showing this coming Sunday, 11/22 and I would LOVE to see you there! See the video of the property on my Twitter account HERE:

https://twitter.com/VinceAFattizzi/status/667145469227892737

I'll be at 608 Knighthood Court between 1pm and 4pm. I like good red wine and Frank Sinatra music so feel free to bring your own refreshments!

For all your real estate needs in St. Augustine and St. Johns County, go to www.FindStAugustineHomes.net or call Vince Fattizzi, Coldwell Banker Premier Properties, directly at 904-635-1086.

Open House This Weekend!

 

I'm going to be showing the home at 718 Copperhead Circle on Sunday from 2-5pm. It's in the lovely Cascades neighborhood in the World Golf Village, so maybe after seeing the house you could catch an IMAX movie!

Here's a photo of the property. You can see more photos by searching the property on the website OR visiting my twitter or Facebook pages!

Nights of Lights

Photo credit: http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights

This year, according to the schedule on www.floridashistoriccoast.com, our annual Nights of Lights festival will begin with the city-wide illumination of millions of lights on November 21st at 6:30pm. 

We love sharing the holiday spirit with our visitors, and the lights will remain lit every evening well into the month of January. 

It's a tradition that's been going on for 22 years and something that locals really look forward to. Driving through the city to and from work this time of year always brings a smile to my face, and on weekends its a gorgeous area for gathering with the family and enjoying good food, good talk, and a pretty nice view--if we do say so ourselves. 

K9's For Warriors Update

This is a video link to a campaign that we support and host in Ponte Vedra to support men and women who have served in the armed forces. 

https://youtu.be/qFQ05guWI50

Saint Augustine is a city that has known its own history of warfare, and we're still battling today--but against an enemy that is often overlooked. 

Many veterans have settled here because we are so supportive of our military and we honor the sacrifice that others have made on our behalf. Active and retired military members receive discounts and benefits at many of our attractions and sites. 

We also regularly host campaigns like Wounded Warriors in support of veterans with disabilities garnered from their service. 

Please watch the video, support, donate, and honor the men and women who make our lives possible. 

 

K9s For Warriors

I am a big supporter of K9s For Warriors and I recently toured their new home in Ponte Vedra, Florida. You would not believe how far this organization has come and the amazing space they now have! If you're looking for an organization to support, take a minute to look at their website and consider supporting them.

Thank you Bethany Walter Photography for joining me and taking the pictures.

For Sale: 605 Copperhead Circle, St Augustine, Florida 32092

A fantastic home in St. Augustine's best 55+ Active Adult community! The panoramic view off the rear, screened Lanai as you enter this home is breathtaking! Soaring vaulted ceilings, spacious living plan, shows like a Model Home. Home is located on a home site with a long view of the water and fountains. Extended Lanai gives you plenty of room to enj...oy nature and relax. Many upgrades and updates throughout - this home is move-in ready! HOA fee covers ALL outside yard maintenance, 85+ channels of DirecTV, monitoring of the home's security system, staffed and gated Security Office at entrance, Har-Tru tennis center, and access to 30,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse and Fitness Center with full-time Activities Director and 25+ page monthly Newsletter with many daily activities! Located in the World Golf Village.

 

For Sale: 1089 Inverness Drive, St Augustine, Florida 3209

Take a look at this fantastic luxury home with incredible decoration and style in the sensational Cascades 55+ Active Adult community in World Golf Village/St. Augustine! Owner is a general contractor, so you know all the finest quality upgrades and finishes were installed here. Serene view off the screened Lana...i of the wooded conservation that frames the rear yard. 2,600 sq. ft. so easy to ''downsize' from a larger home, with plenty of wall space for all your favorite artwork. Home includes TWO separate, private bedroom/bath suites - one for the Owner, one for Guests, and perfect for a live-in parent. Owner's Suite has separate His/Hers Bathrooms! Expansive living space all around with high ceilings that make every room soar! Ready for immediate closing and move in!

 


Vince Fattizzi
Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

559 W. Twincourt Trail, Suite 610
St. Augustine, FL 32095
904-635-1086
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"I want to take this opportunity to share with you what a great realtor you have on your team named Vince Fattizzi and my excellent experience in working with him to relocate to Florida from Texas. My husband and I decided to relocate to Florida to be closer to my aging parents that live in Bradenton. I work for a company that has offices in Texas and Florida and my company was agreeable to me relocating. My realtor in Texas listed my home and contacted Vince and asked if he could assist us in finding a new home. From that moment Vince sprung to action, first assessing our needs and then e-mailing us listings for consideration. He pays close attention to detail and helped us figure out the best place to look. I was very fortunate to find a buyer for my home in Texas within the first week of listing. Since the relocation was not company funded, I needed find a home quickly, could only travel to Florida once and spend one week to look at homes. Vince arranged everything, spent the entire week taking us to potential homes and we found one that was perfect, put in an offer and secured the deal. He helped us to arrange to close within a day of our closing in Texas so that we would not have to find temporary housing and incur additional moving expense. (We needed the proceeds from the sale of the house in Texas to close on the house in Florida). All of this may sound typical to you, but what happened after this was not. The day before we were to close on home in Texas, our buyer’s lender required him to put more money down and required more documentation. Of course, the buyer needed more time to arrange for the additional money/documents and we were not able to close on the date we expected. The buyer’s lender was very slow in processing the loan and my Texas realtor and the buyer’s realtor didn’t react to help speed up the transaction. I got the impression that they felt this just needed to run its course and there was nothing they could do to speed it up. Vince did not agree with them. He did everything possible to help. He made phone calls, wrote e-mails, called in favors and followed it minute by minute. He knew our movers had loaded the truck already and now we needed temporary housing. He helped us find a very nice place to stay during all of this. Luckily, the buyer was able to come up with the additional funds and we only had to stay there for 3 weeks. Vince arranged for the new closing to take place for both homes here in Florida and we were able to move into our new home! I know the importance of customer service (working in the financial services industry) and Vince goes above and beyond. If anyone asks me if I know a good realtor, you can bet I will refer them to Vince!" Melany & Steve/Murabella
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