Marketing the A1A Byway
Friends of A1A is pleased to announce the release of six new cycling videos. The videos, which were produced through financial assistance from VISIT FLORIDA to promote “Safety Along A1A,” feature numerous cycling routes, off-road trails, historical areas and scenic vistas to assist bicyclists in their journey. Donald Jones of CycleHereMedia masterfully captured striking images along our 72-mile A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway that travels through St. Johns and Flagler counties. With the assistance from 26 voluteers from Friends of A1A and VELOFEST, viewers may learn: Why We Ride A1A Cycling ;   Trails A1A Cycling; Road Safety A1A Cycling; Bike Safety A1A Cycling; Events A1A Cycling; and Byway Highlights A1A Cycling.     This is most timely as May is National Bike Month, which means there are lots of reasons for kids and adults to get motivated to add physical activity into their daily lives through bicycling to school and around the community. May 8th was Bike to School Day  and all month safety is the phrase in all of our  walkable communities. Stay tuned for Spoonbills & Sprockets again this October 27th. 
                                  
   
Art on A1A
The spring rains washed plenty of planning efforts away however that did not dampen the spirits of our art community. Our art walks and sunset events continue on. On May 31st in FLAGLER BEACH, FL  book publisher and art gallery owner Frank Gromling will hold another novel event at Ocean Books & Art, his bookstore and art gallery across from the Flagler Beach pier. He will hold an art closing party for Palm Coast artist Onicas Gaddis. Gromling will present an evening of poetry and spoken word performances set against the backdrop of Gaddis’ “In Search of Identity” spiritual expressionism show. “My Heart’s An Open Book” will showcase the poetry of Gaddis and Palm Coast newspaper editor Brian McMillan. 
 
The  St. Augustine Art Association is calling for art for its 4th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit. Check out the cash prizes and show your support for our local talent.
 
One Big Ocean
The second time was a charm and a great success for over 280 particpants in the 4th Annual Environmental Education Fair/ Kids Ocean Day held at Anastasia State Park on May 10th. The Friday before was a "wash out".  Many thanks are extended to our sponsors, Plum Creek Foundation and an array of business partners, along with the many community educators and volunteeers who rallied to the call of Irene Kaufman, Friends of A1A Director in charge of Education Programs. Again Bob Hanson and wife, Sue, provided photography skills and air support!!!  Teachers may access lesson plans from the event online in the coming days. Enjoy the experiences of South Wood Elementary and Webster Elementary Students and their aerial art.


We care...we share...all that is beautiful about Florida ! 
  
Friends of A1A Needs Your Support!
Each year, thousands of residents and visitors flock to St. Johns and Flagler counties’ sandy beaches, many parks and rivers. From beach walkways to interpretive signs and gazebos, numerous park improvements have been made for the public’s greater appreciation of their environment. 

Some may not realize that many of those improvements were made possible by the Friends of A1A, a non-profit organization that advocates for the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway. Through the efforts of
Friends, parklands have been added and improved throughout the length of the corridor, ordinances have enabled business and residential development while maintaining the sense of old Florida that makes the area unusual and visitors have been brought and informed through the innovative cell phone tour and media
programs as well as events such as the 72 mile garage sale and bike touring events. Right now, the Friends of A1A needs your help more than ever in order to continue bringing you those improvements.

The federal and state governments have cut ALL funding for national Byway projects, which includes ours. The organization is facing a special challenge in the current economic environment.  We need your help in two ways: 

● First -
To meet this special challenge, Friends of A1A has increased the size of its Board of Directors and is broadening participation in the planning and oversight of our projects.  We need volunteers who are willing to work to help us maintain and improve the special nature of the corridor by serving as a Board member and/or as a committee member on special projects.
 
 ● Second - We also need your financial support in any amount.  To help us meet these goals, go to www.scenicA1A.org and click on “Donate” button on the first page or send a donation to Friends of
A1A, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080.  Please help now so we can continue our work in preserving, protecting, and promoting the corridor for residents, businesses, and visitors.
 
Donor levels and membership levels are as follows:
Basic Levels (individual -$35; family $60; non-profit $75; business $100)
Supporting Levels – up to $250
Sustaining Levels - $250, $500 up to $999
Crew of 72 Levels - $1000 - Ensign; $2500 – Captain; $5000 - Admiral

Thank you for your generous support !!!  Friends of A1A Board of Directors

 
SHARE A LITTLE SUNSHINE - spread the word.
Contact Sallie_OHara@scenica1a.org for more details.  
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Friends of A1A Hosted Events - Mark Your Calendars
  • 4th Annual Environmental Education Fair/Kids Ocean Day - May 3, 2013
  • 4th Annual Golf Cup Classic - Sept. 2013
  • 29th - International Coastal Cleanup - Sept. 21, 2013
  • 2nd Annual Spoonbills & Sprockets - Oct. 27, 2013
  • 5th Annual 72 Mile Super Scenic Garage Sale - Nov. 16, 2013
Support our vets and help them to enjoy our walkable and bike friendly communities!!!!!!  We owe them beautiful sunrises and sunsets!!!
For more information about Friends of A1A and all of our community partners, contact   Sallie_OHara@scenica1a.org and visit our website. 

 
2175 Mizell Road | St. Augustine, FL 32080 US