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Cara Burky still pinches herself two years after realizing her dream to open the Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville Beach. The Florida native had a strong role model in her mother who taught Burky to be confident and work hard to reach her goals. more
Brett Simon, a founder of K9s For Warriors, currently serves as the organization’s president. When he’s not working with canines, he might be found on the golf course or out fishing. He caught the love of his life in Ponte Vedra and has called Florida home ever since. more
Tom Verri, a Bronx native, put on a uniform to serve his neighborhood, his city and his country. The family man has a skill set that includes law enforcement, teaching, acting and singing. By far, his favorite role is being a husband and father. more
Anne Crawford celebrates 10 years as Assistant Branch Manager and Youth Services Librarian at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch - St. Johns County Public Library System where she enjoys working with kids and teens, inspiring them to love reading and libraries. more
When Brandon Lewis learned about the homeopathic properties of CBD products, he and lifelong friend Kyle Chong teamed up to create a hemp and CBD company that puts quality, integrity, and transparency at the center of their business model. "It's not about the money," Lewis said. "We're helping people." more
Megan Wall, managing attorney at St. Johns Legal Aid, is passionate about the law and the protections if affords, especially to special needs populations. She speaks frequently to Council on Aging groups throughout the county about senior issues and presents a "People's Law School" at the Southeast Branch library. more
I grew up in another ocean community, Newport, Rhode Island, which is the sailing capital of the world. I have strong ties to New England and love being again, so close to the ocean. I am a graduate from the University of Rhode Island and worked for years in the YMCA movement in both Newport and the state capital, Providence. more
I was born in Scotland. My parents were from New Jersey. I grew up in Indianapolis and then Elmira, New York. We moved there when my Dad became president of Elmira College. Growing up I was pretty much of a geek. more
Ally Burkett is a Navy wife, mother of two and a lover of wine. She’s new to the Ponte Vedra area, but has found the community warm and welcoming. more
Tony Iannarone is founder and co-owner of Clean Ocean Surfboards, which is located in Sawgrass Village. He is also a well-known surfboard shaper and Beaches resident. more
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