Beach Mouse Privileges, Pending Recycling Pickup


Being a mouse in Florida has its perks, especially if your name is Mickey or Minnie. But did you know that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of mice scurrying around the dunes in Anastasia State Park and not only are they privileged, they are also protected by federal law.

The Anastasia Island beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus phasma) is marked with a light buff colored back, pure white underside, and indistinct white markings on the face. Males and non-breeding females weigh an average of 12.5 g (0.44 oz) and pregnant females have an average weight of 20 g (0.71 oz).

It has been listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species due to the loss of the habitat it needs to survive. Historically, Anastasia Island beach mice could be found on approximately 50 linear miles of beach habitat. Currently, they are limited to about four linear miles from the park.

What makes these mice so special? The diet of the Anastasia Island beach mouse consists of insects, seeds and fruits of dune vegetation. Thanks to their eating habits and burrows, a large part of the vegetation of the beach dunes is attributed to this animal. This includes the protected sea oat plant, which stabilizes the dunes.

The greatest threats facing mice are continued habitat loss and degradation as well as predation by feral and / or stray cats. Hurricanes and tropical storms as well as rising sea levels also threaten their survival.

Visitors to Anastasia State Park are advised to stay away from the dunes and not allow their pets, especially cats, to roam free. The park, located at 300 Anastasia Park Road, is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. It offers over 1,600 acres of pristine beaches, intertidal marshes, sea hammocks and ancient sand dunes. There are 139 campsites located a short walk from the beach. Vehicle admission is $ 8. For more information, call 904-461-2033 or go to

Did you know? Dune destruction threatens rare Anastasia Island beach mouse

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Recycling Pickup at St. Augustine Beach Suspended

A reminder to residents of the City of St. Augustine Beach – Effective Monday, October 4, collection of recycling items will be temporarily suspended due to a persistent labor shortage at the city’s supplier. This is the last week for the regular collection. Garbage, garbage and yard waste will continue to be collected.

In the meantime, the city is working to integrate recycling services internally and will keep residents informed and updated. The city is asking customers to keep their blue bins for use when recycling services resume.

For more information, visit the City of St Augustine Beach Facebook page and sign up for the monthly email newsletter by texting CITYOFSAB to 22828.

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The concert series has a happy ending

Bartram Trail High School Air Force ROTC Color Guard.

It was an unforgettable evening for more than one reason. Over a thousand locals and visitors attended the Music by the Sea concert at Pier Park on September 15. The special September 11 commemorative concert featured the US Air Force’s Top Flight Band. The event began with the display of colors by the Bartram Trail High School Air Force ROTC Color Guard. Shayla Nelson sang the national anthem. The pre-concert program also included the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, as well as the lives lost fighting terrorism in the Middle East. And then the music with additional attractions started.

“This was the first time since Covid entered our lives that we had what we would call our normal concert crowd,” said Bill Jones, president of the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, sponsor of the series. free summer concerts.

“The night was perfect. Great weather, a very talented group and local involvement, ”noted Jones. “At the start of the concert, we saw the launch of the Space X shuttle, followed by the International Space Station as they crossed the sky over the beach. If that wasn’t enough, the crowd enjoyed three recalls from the group.

Space X passes over Pier Park.

The 19th season of the Music By the Sea concert series is over and association organizers look to season 20. The association recently launched a 501C3 charitable arm called the Beach Music and Arts Fund. Anyone wishing to help support Music and Art by the Sea events can donate tax free. The money donated can only be used to pay for groups and artist allowances and none of the money donated can be used for any other purpose.

To support the charitable branch (and to keep the music playing), send a check payable to Beach Music and Arts Fund Inc. and mail it to SABCA, PO Box 840127, St Augustine, FL 32080. Donations can also be done online at www.

Sale of library books

The Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library (FAIBL) will be holding their two-day fall book sale at the library located at 124 Seagrove Main Street. The dates and times are 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, October 1 and 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. Buyers will enter through the patio door on the east side of the library.

Thousands of items will be available for purchase. Books include like-new hardcover bestsellers with dust jackets, children’s books, fiction for all ages, history, biography, arts, cookbooks, crafts , travel and more. Most books are priced at $ 1 or less. Music CDs cost $ 1 and DVDs cost $ 2.

A collection of specially priced items will also be available, including several Sherlock Holmes book collections. There are a hundred books that are in mint condition, some in protective covers. The titles will be displayed on the shelves of specially priced books in the entrance hall of the library during the sale.

Prices will be reduced by fifty percent on Saturdays. A paper grocery bag can be filled for $ 5 (does not include special priced items, DVDs or CDs, which will be half price.)

The proceeds from the sale supplement the county library’s holdings. The money raised is essential to provide ongoing quality programs and materials to the library.

The annex library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, visit or call 904-209-3730.

Youth group garage sale on October 2

The St. Anastasia Catholic Church Youth Group will be holding their annual garage sale from 8 am to noon on Saturday October 2nd. Item categories include toys, bath, seasonal items, housewares, Christmas crafts, lamps, linens, electronics, religion, jewelry, books / CDs / movies, and clothing . The sale will also include furniture and exercise equipment. Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase. New this year: The Rosary Makers Guild will sell rosary making kits and show how to make rosaries. There are no covid restrictions in place other than masks are encouraged.

Additional contributions of items for sale can be made from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting today (Monday, September 27) through Friday, October 1. To arrange bulky item pickup, email [email protected] The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the group’s summer trips and other activities. The church campus is at 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island. Many free parking lots are available. For more information, call 904-471-5364.

Crafts fair canceled

The 26th annual arts and crafts fair, originally scheduled for March at St. Anastasia Catholic Church to benefit missionaries of the poor and postponed to October 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been canceled. Vendors already registered for the event have been notified of the cancellation and have re-signed up for next year’s show, which will return to the normal first Saturday in March, March 5, 2022. For more information, contact Bob or Jan Wesselman at 904-794. -9031 or [email protected]

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At the water’s edge

The free ride resumes at the beaches of St. Johns County. Since Labor Day, vehicle entries are charged on weekends only in September, but as of October 1 there is no entry fee. The beach gates will continue to be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily until October 31 or until the last turtle nest has hatched, whichever is later. All other driving rules on the beach remain in effect regarding speed, direction and parking areas.

North Beach 4×4 driver’s license program reinstated

The North Beach 4×4 driver’s license program will be reinstated as of today (Monday, September 27), after being temporarily suspended during the renovation project in the Vilano Beach area. This program allows authorized vehicles to access the beach between Surfside Park and the Usina ramp. North Beach drivers must be licensed by completing Protected Species training, have an active annual pass affixed to the passenger side of the windshield, and ensure their vehicle is a 4×4 or all-wheel drive ( no ATVs, motorcycles, etc.). For more information on the program and requirements, go to or call 904-209-0619.

The ins and outs of sea turtle season

While only three new sea turtle nests were reported last week along St. Johns County beaches, more than 3,000 hatchlings have left their nests and made their way to the ocean. It’s common at this time of year as the annual nesting season, which ends on October 31, draws to a close. The new nests, all loggerheads, are on the northern beaches. The total number of nests so far this year, 817 nests, is comparable to last year’s tally of 847 nests at this time.

Lorraine thompson

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