News Briefs for the week of Jan. 20-26, 2022


St. Augustine plans Arbor Day ceremony, sapling giveaways

St. Augustine’s annual Arbor Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Coquina Park, located in the South Davis Shores neighborhood at 91 Coquina Ave.

Limited street parking for those who wish to attend the ceremony will be available nearby and residents are encouraged to walk or ride bikes.

To celebrate the city’s designation as a Tree City for 39 consecutive years, this year’s ceremony will include opening remarks by Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, the planting of one live oak tree by city officials, and remarks from the Street Tree Advisory Committee Chair, Freemont Latimer.

In addition to the saplings being distributed at Coquina Park, there will be a drive-through distribution of saplings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last, via the West Castillo Drive entrance of the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, located at 25 W. Castillo Drive.

This year, city staff will give away live oak, magnolia and loquat trees.

Students named to university’s President’s List

The following local students have been named to the Fall 2021 President's List at Southern New Hampshire University.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above are named to the list.

From Ponte Vedra: David Shortman and Donna Stone. From St. Augustine: Lena Allison, Susanna Byler, Stephanie Digregorio, Colin Gerdes, DeWight Jackson, Kimberly Scott, Kelsi Swertfager and Brittany Thomas.

SuperSpeed golf clinic planned

A six-week SuperSpeed golf clinic will begin Jan. 28 at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine.

The cost is $210, and participants can rent the SuperSpeed set for $10 per session.

Sessions will be 4-5 p.m.

For more information or to book a spot, contact Tommy Aycock at 904-209-0350 or