News Briefs for the Week of November 24-30, 2022


Lightner Museum plans Holiday Market

Thirty-three vendors are signed up to participate in the Lightner Museum’s Holiday Market 2022. Shoppers will see wares from a curated selection of artisans and small businesses in the historic Alcazar swimming pool area. There will be festive music by Raisin Cake Orchestra, drinks on the terrace and food from the Yamo food truck.

The market will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. The museum is located at 75 King St., St. Augustine.

Beaches Town Center holiday clean-up set for Dec. 4

The public is invited to join Beaches Go Green for a Beaches Town Center holiday clean-up from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Look for the BGG tent at the Atlantic Boulevard beach access between One Ocean Hotel, Atlantic Beach, and Seahorse Oceanfront Inn, Neptune Beach. There will be snacks for volunteers and prizes for the strangest items found and the most cigarette butts collected.

Students can earn service hours.

Water shuttle service returns for ‘Nights of Lights’

The water shuttle service has returned to St. Augustine just in time for the “Nights of Lights” celebration. In addition to the popular Scenic Nights of Lights Tours offered by Adventure Boat Tours and Red Boat Tours, both tour boat operations will add pickups and drop offs between Vilano and downtown to their nightly calendars. 

Residents and guests can depart the Vilano Pier for drop off at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Later, they can return by water shuttle.

Reservations are highly recommended but limited walkups will be accommodated when seats are available. Price is $15 each way per passenger. Full details and schedules can be found at

First nightly pickup is 4:15 p.m. at the Vilano Beach Public Pier, 260 Vilano Road, St. Augustine. Last return pickup each night is 9:45 p.m., leaving from slip 91, St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez.

Campaign raises charitable donations for Catholic organizations

#iGiveCatholic is a giving day for the faithful across the nation (and the globe) to come together to raise as many charitable dollars as possible for Catholic parishes, schools and ministries. Last year, #iGiveCatholic raised more than $16.5 million for 2,600-plus organizations across the United States. The advanced giving phase is now through Nov. 28 and leads up to #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29.

The Catholic Foundation is sponsoring the Diocese of St. Augustine’s participation in this Catholic Giving Day for a second year. #iGiveCatholic takes place on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. for gifts given online at There are more than 75 parishes, Catholic schools and ministries that appreciate the community’s support.

In the month of November, there are days to give thanks and purchase gifts for loved ones: Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

NAI Hallmark brokers $3.15M sale of commercial property

NAI Hallmark, a commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm in Jacksonville, has announced the sale of 1353 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, for $3,150,000. NAI Hallmark Managing Partner Keith Goldfaden and Senior Vice President of Investment Sales Daniel Burkhardt brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller, 1223 Atlantic LLC.

The property is a single tenant, 6,600-square-foot retail building situated on 1.36 acres subject to a triple net lease with Tire Kingdom. Located at a signalized intersection, the property is an outparcel of Penman Plaza, a high performing Winn-Dixie-anchored shopping center.

For more information regarding the sale or any questions relating to investment sales, contact NAI Hallmark at 904-363-9002.

Holiday open house at the Waterworks building

The St. Johns County Main Public Library, the St. Johns Cultural Council and A Classic Theatre invite the public to a Holiday Open House at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.

There will be light refreshments, and shoppers will enjoy the festive atmosphere of this historic building from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

There will be a short ceremony honoring this year's award-winning recipients of the St. Johns Cultural Council's State of the Arts grants followed by a program of holiday musical entertainment.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan


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