People In St. Augustine

Locals stories of perseverance, top performance, acts of kindness and leaders in our community.  The people in St. Augustine who make this small, ocean-side town such a magical place to call home. 

k9s for warriors trainees meet animals at marineland

Living, People

World of Good: St. Augustine Lends a Helping Hand During the Pandemic

In the midst of crisis, St. Augustinians are rising up to share some joy and reach out a helping hand.

officers carol druin and steve fischer stand in the plaza in downtown st augustine

People

Close to Home: Officers Caroline Drouin and Steve Fischer Serve the Homeless of St. Augustine

Homelessness is a layered challenge. So two remarkable local officers are taking a deep dive into the matter, affecting change for our neighbors on the margins.

the owner, manager, and chef at saltwater cowboys

Food, People

Local Legacy: Judy Adams-Smith, Scott Singleton, and St. Augustine’s Saltwater Cowboys

Saltwater Cowboys has been a St. Augustine institution since it opened in 1963. Now almost six decades later, a group of friends is keeping its legacy alive.

st augustine high school senior brooke reed stands on the track field

People

St. Augustine’s Brooke Reed Brings Her “A” Game

From scholastics to sports, the St. Augustine High School senior sets her sights on success in every aspect of her life.

neal benson sits in front of a rendering of the arc of the st johns safe harbor project

People

Building an Arc: Neal Benson of the Arc of the St. Johns

After more than a decade with the Arc of the St. Johns, Neal Benson has seen an enormous amount of growth. But a new chapter is just beginning, and there's more work to be done.

st augustine musician gary lee wingard with his guitar

Arts and Culture, Music, People

The Fine Tuning of St. Augustine’s Gary Lee Wingard

Gary Lee Wingard and his wife Carolyn are spending their retirement pursuing both a lifelong love of music and an insatiable urge to follow the open road.

rick mcallister on a camino in spain

Living, People

St. Augustine Veteran Rick McAllister Prepares to Walk the 500-Mile Camino de Santiago

The 75-year-old Vietnam vet will carry a list of local veterans' names on the pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James.

stunt pilot patty wagstaff and her airplane in st augustine

People

Race to the Top: Everyday Adventure for Five St. Augustine Women

Wind rushing through your hair. Heart rate rapid and accelerating. This is what most people think of when they hear “adventure.” But for these five local women, it conjures feelings of peace, sanctuary, meditation, and validation.

a dish at costa brava

Food, People

Chef D’oeuvre: The Culinary Success of Costa Brava’s Scott Ostrander

Executive Chef Scott Ostrander of Casa Monica Resort & Spa’s Costa Brava is no stranger to pursuing culinary excellence.

deborah warrick of st augustine wild reserve

People

Walk on the Wild Side: Deborah Warrick and the St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Through her menagerie of animals at St. Augustine Wild Reserve, Deborah Warrick is setting out to educate visitors about this wild world.

artist steve anderson stands in front of some of his work

Arts and Culture, People

Creative Vision: St. Augustine Artist Steve Anderson Sees the City in a New Way

Despite being almost fully blind, artist Steve Anderson has created his own unique style to document St. Augustine’s magnificent architecture.

girl scout jane hershiser throws cookie boxes in the air

People

Making the Sale: St. Augustine Girl Scout Jane Hershiser Leads in Local Cookie Sales

A member of local troop #816, 12-year-old Girl Scout Jane Hershiser is using her skills to inspire others and to build a future that she can be proud of.

meg james of trekking twice blog

People

On the Right Trek: Meg James Travels with Purpose Through Trekking Twice

Ideally, travel involves more than self-care. Meg James and her family learned to positively impact the communities they visit as they trek across the globe.

hopefull handbags founder cathlene miner with an armful of handbags

People

Hold Out Hope: Cathlene Miner and the Mission of St. Augustine’s Hopefull Handbags

Philanthropist, author, and advocate. Cathlene Miner is trying to erase the stigma associated with domestic abuse while uplifting those who are looking to start over.

viv helwig of vested metals and his employees

Business, People

Moving Up: Leading the Fastest-Growing Businesses in St. Johns County

In the season of setting goals and promoting growth, the leaders at the helms of St. Johns County's fastest-growing businesses uncover their secrets to success.

laird boles of ice plant in st augustine

Food, People

More than the Grind: Chef Laird Boles of Ice Plant

Laird Boles takes pride in delivering big city flavors with a hometown feel – all in the heart of St. Augustine.

st augustine musician jolie sits with her ukelele

Arts and Culture, Music, People

The Rise of St. Augustine Musician Jolie

A dedication to her art, an unmistakable talent, and a deep love for music have pushed Jolie to the forefront of the St. Augustine Music scene.

the doctors at first coast heart and vascular center

People, Sponsored Stories

Heart of Their Work: The Team at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center

The team at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center is offering the region advanced and innovative care with a personal touch.