Baret News Wire is a Association of talented writers, and Social Media Professionals. At Baret we understand content and syndication of content. It’s about “Getting Noticed” and taking care of business once you are. Our “Brand Monitoring” Partnership with Simplify 360 offer’s you the best customer service program while enhancing lead generation opportunities through “Social Media”.
Get Featured, Get Noticed
Fill in the form below and we will be in touch soon
“Capturing Unique Photos in Inspiring Places”
From an early age, photography has been my passion. Driven by a growing interest in travel and culture, I jumped off the corporate ladder to pursue a dream. I launched Destin-nations Inc, a freelance cruise-based photography service. After a few years shooting in the Caribbean and Pacific, I decided to return to solid ground. I landed in Hawaii – a place I have been fascinated with for a long time. While living on the Big Island, I was surrounded by incredibly diverse natural beauty, which continued to fuel my photo obsession. Most recently, I returned to my home state of Florida, and am now living in the nation’s oldest city – Saint Augustine. It is a beautiful area rich with history. I am excited to be here and look forward to seeking out and exploring the surrounding areas.
All photographs © Destin Bradwell. Photos may not be reproduced, publicly displayed, distributed, or resold by any means, including electronic without prior written permission from Destin Bradwell. Any such use constitutes a violation of federal and international copyright law.
Eventful Movies is your source for up-to-date Epic Theatres of St. Augustineshowtimes, tickets and theater information.
112 Theatre Dr
Co-founded by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, the Limelight Theatre staged its first production, I Ought To Be in Pictures, on August 28, 1992, in the Monson Bayfront Inn. It provided entertainment at this location for almost two years. In 1994, the Theatre achieved not-for-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization, and it continued to offer productions for a number of years at a wide variety of local venues, including the Art Association, churches, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Marineland, Flagler College and a small rented building on U.S. Highway 1.
In 2001, through a generous grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation, the Limelight purchased a 10,000 square foot building at 11 Old Mission Avenue, converted it to a 125- seat theater and moved into its first permanent home.
The building needed significant improvements, and in 2006, the Limelight applied for and received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $398,000 from the State of Florida. The money was used for capital improvements including a new roof, new air-conditioning, heating, sound and lighting systems, lobby and restroom renovations and the addition of a studio theatre, now known as the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre.
Proudly celebrating its 20th season, the Limelight Theatre has produced well over one hundred different shows in its history, from classics to new works, tragedies to musical comedies. The working Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Limelight Theatre Guild continue to improve and help the theatre to flourish. Attendance has continued to grow, and today the Theatre is widely respected as one of North Florida’s top cultural organizations.
From points North: Follow I-95 South to the State Road 16 exit (#318). Turn left (east) onto State Road 16, heading toward St. Augustine Beach. At the State Road 16 and U.S. Highway 1 intersection, bear right onto U.S.1. Merge into the left lane and follow U.S. 1 for approximately 1 mile. Look for the yellow Denny’s sign, and turn left onto Old Mission. The Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, on the right.
From points South: Follow I-95 North to the State Road 16 exit (#318). Turn right (east) onto State Road 16, heading toward St. Augustine Beach. At the State Road 16 and U.S. Highway 1 intersection, bear right onto U.S.1. Merge into the left lane and follow U.S. 1 for approximately 1 mile. Look for the yellow Denny’s sign, and turn left onto Old Mission. The Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, on the right.
11 Old Mission Ave
2nd-run films shown in an old-school theater with 3 screens, movie memorabilia & a full dinner menu.
36 Granada St
A Place in History
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre was built in 1965 to commemorate St. Augustine’s 400th Anniversary as our nation’s oldest permanent European settlement. The 16-acre section of Anastasia State Park that makes up the amphitheatre grounds includes an old quarry where coquina rock was obtained to build early St. Augustine homes and commercial buildings, as well as the fort, Castillo de San Marcos.
Pulitzer-prize winner Dr. Paul Green wrote The Cross & Sword, a symphonic drama to re-enact the founding and early years of St. Augustine under Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Following the completion of the Amphitheatre in 1965, the play began its 32 year run on the stage. In 1973, Cross & Sword was designated “Florida’s Official State Play” by the State Legislature in recognition of the cultural and historic value of the production and the events portrayed on stage. In 1996, the Cross & Sword had its final performance.
In 2002, St. Johns County made the decision to invest in refurbishing the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. After 5 years of construction and a sizeable investment, the Amphitheatre is a state of the art performing arts venue with the capacity to hold up to 4100 concert goers. A brand new conference room, 4 concession stands, a merchandise area, a large plaza, and an elaborate arboretum of walking trails make up the new facility.
1340 A1A S
St. Augustine Eco Tours offers one of the most unique and user friendly kayak tours in the Southeast. Our permanent location puts us in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine. What better spot to experience the water in the way people did centuries ago. We have a dedicated slip at the city marina where a specialized kayak dock makes getting in and out of the kayaks the easiest part of the trip. Extremely stable tandem kayaks with rudders make steering a breeze for beginners or the more experienced paddler.
No experience is necessary for our 2 hour guided nature tour. This is the perfect combination of instruction and nature! A brief paddling clinic will get you comfortable with your paddle and kayak. Before getting into the boats, your guide will instruct you on the basics of how to hold and use your paddle in the most efficient way. You’ll do a little kayak-specific stretching while you get comfortable with the equipment on land and learn our safety protocol. Then, your guide will take you on a paddle under the Bridge of Lions, past the Spanish fort and into the saltwater marshes of the historic mission grounds.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of nation’s oldest port. We do this in many ways:
- Educational opportunities
- Local and national preservation efforts
- Maritime archaeological research
- Safeguarding the memories and precious belongings of those that came before us.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the effort to save the lighthouse. The Keepers’ House was the target of arson and had fallen into disrepair when the Junior Service League adopted the project. As a result of this successful preservation effort, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has become a model for other lighthouses nationwide. Lighthouse staff is now recognized as national experts in restoration and museum operations. So much so that the lighthouse has been sought after to develop and facilitate conferences and to mentor museums nationwide.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse lobbies for national preservation issues in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. We proudly work directly with government agencies to insure that America’s castles survive for generations to come.
Preserving the Past for Future Generations
The lighthouse stores a vast collection of WWII artifacts including thousands of pictures (some were saved from being sent to the dumpster). The lighthouse also has an oral history library in its permanent collection that continues to grow.
Among our efforts is a desire to grow our entire collection. We are an official partner of the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project.
- Through our Maritime Memory Project, we are expanding our knowledge of WWII military service in the waters of the first coast.
- We are actively seeking local stories to share about this great time in the First Coast’s history.
Through our research arm, we study, investigate, preserve and interpret the waters of St. Augustine and Northeast Florida. There are over 270 known shipwrecks off of the coast of St. Augustine and its surrounding waters. We are working to uncover these wrecks in order to strengthen our knowledge of the nation’s oldest port. We work to preserve the artifacts brought up from these wrecks in order to tell their stories. These waters are submerged cultural resources for our country.
Our Work with Young People
LAMP was instrumental in developing the first underwater archaeology program to enter a public school system. We work with local high schools to put students in the water with marine archaeologists. We introduce over 54,000 school age children to the marine sciences and maritime history through:
- Summer camps
- Home-school days
- Hands-on tours
- Program scholarships for disadvantaged youth
We are changing the lives of high school and college students through:
- Encouraging scholarly investigations
- Influencing career choices
Our Mission: To discover, preserve, present and keep alive the story of the nation’s oldest port, as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.
To be the finest light station and maritime museum.
Message from the Director:
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is more than just a simple light station. As we keep the light burning we also reach back across the centuries to discover and present to you stories of our earliest connections to the sea. Maritime history was influential to the birth of our nation and our light station has been witness to the unfolding events.
A Spanish light existed here in the 16th century not only to guide ships into port, but also to protect the first coast in time of armed conflict. It existed specifically to defend this spot along the Caribbean trade routes from potential settlement by the French. An active aid-to-navigation manned with a soldier and signal fire was a defensive component central to growth and security in virtually every port in the new world. Nowhere was an aid-to- navigation erected and permanently kept in place earlier than in St. Augustine.
A Spanish tower was at St. Augustine when William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. The first watchtowers were here when Halley’s Comet was discovered in 1682 and when the Castillo de San Marcos was built from 1672 and 1696. In 1737, the wooden towers were fortified and replaced with coquina (shell rock). This new compound included a housing area, storage facilities and an outer wall. Florida’s first official lighthouse was re-lit, this time officially by the United States Congress, in 1824 on this site. The current tower followed it in 1874, as the old Spanish watch tower fell into the sea a few years later, a victim of erosion.
Over the years, the beacon at St. Augustine was the traffic light for a maritime highway that welcomed schooners, steamers and messenger vessels from every major European power. Some ships held building materials, others brought artificers, soldiers or goods for trade. As the light shone here, the first free African American settlement in Florida, and our nation, was established as Fort Mose. Our port bustled with former slave trading ships and privateers. The light was darkened during the American Civil War and the lens hidden to block Union supply lines. Two lighthouse towers stood and were recorded in drawings made by Native Americans imprisoned at the Fort Marion during the 19th century. The coming of Henry Flagler’s railroads and grand hotels changed the importance of the lighthouse for commerce but did not reduce its military function. During World War II, armed guards were stationed here as German submarines prowled the coast. Later, the local shrimp boats depended on the lighthouse for safety as the city grew. Tourists have been attracted to our light since the 19th century, and today we serve over 185,000 a year.
Today our museum is alive with stories of remarkable achievement. One of our most important goals is offering programs of value and meaning to our community. We make a difference by gathering, safekeeping and sharing the stories about our continuing connection to the sea. We literally keep the front porch light for St. Augustine shining. We preserve, protect and keep alive the history of our nation’s oldest port city.
We hope you will join with us as we engage in the many different programs offered for children and adults. Through maritime programs we build knowledge and self- esteem for young people and offer opportunities to explore careers in the marine sciences. We help preserve lighthouses nationwide by sharing the remarkable story of a small group of community volunteers who saved our light station a quarter of a century ago. Join us as we remember the struggle and sacrifice of our veterans who gave their lives to defend our nation. Dive with us under the sea as we send museum archaeologists to explore a collection of shipwrecks rich in the multi-cultural history of our young country. Climb 219 steps to experience with us a remarkable and inspiring view of the old city from atop the tower. Our museum serves and belongs to our expanding community. We are growing and doing more every day. Please visit us often and enjoy all we have to offer.
Our History: A Spanish watchtower, built in the late 1500′s was the predecessor of the present St. Augustine Lighthouse. St Augustine is the site of the oldest aid to navigation in North America. The original watchtower became Florida’s first lighthouse in 1824. However, by 1870, the tower was threatened by shoreline erosion and construction began on the current lighthouse. The new tower was completed in 1874. The old tower succumbed to the sea during a storm in 1880.
Constructed of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron, the lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure. In 1876, a brick light keeper’s house was added to the site. Light keepers’ and their assistants lived and worked there until the tower was automated in 1955.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level and contains 219 steps. At the top, a first order Fresnel lens serves the beacon. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.
In 1980, the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, Inc. began a fifteen-year campaign to restore the Keepers’ House that was destroyed by fire in 1970 and the tower. The house was opened to the public as a museum in 1988. In 1993, the tower was also opened to visitors on a daily basis.
In July 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard, through the General Services Administration, transferred the deed for the tower to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc. through the pilot program of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. In addition, the Coast Guard turned over the first order Fresnel lens to the museum.
81 Lighthouse Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches
Along Florida’s Historic Coast, history comes alive in red-brick lanes leading to centuries-old churches, in forts where soldiers still walk the grounds, and on horse-drawn carriage rides through time. Head just out of town and back to nature along 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. Bring your clubs and hit the links – numerous championship golf courses await. Or bring your sweetie and get caught up in the area’s timeless romance.
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches
Visitors & Convention Bureau
29 Old Mission Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Goals and Objectives
Goal: Positively impact the number of private sector jobs in St. Johns County
Background: The latest report (2011) indicates total private sector jobs in the County were 46,616.
Year 1 – The next report will be for the year ended 2012. Our goal is to increase the number of private sector jobs in the County by 2%, or to a total of 47,548 (2012 report).
Year 3 – The next two years our goal is to continue to see job growth in the County at least 2% per year.
Year 5 – The following years our goal is to begin to see job growth in the County at 2.5% per year.
Recognizing the dynamic environment in which this metric resides, we will compare the percentage change in total private sector jobs in St. Johns County to that of the State of Florida and the United States as a whole to measure our progress.
Source Data: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics Center
One Riberia St. - St. Augustine, FL 32080 - 904.829.5681