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. 

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.

adam lynn of the island christmas toy drive

Living, People

Legacy of Love: Adam Lynn and St. Augustine’s Island Christmas Toy Drive

Adam Lynn moved beyond his troubled past to a life of giving back to the children of the community through the Island Christmas Toy Drive.

laurel baker of anchor boutique stands in her shop


Weighing Anchor: Laurel Baker of St. Augustine’s Anchor Boutique

A heritage of treasure hunting and travel by sea helped inspire the adventure Laurel Baker embarked upon nine years ago.

floyd phillips of the lincolnville museum in st augustine

Arts and Culture, People

A Living Legend: Floyd Phillips of the Lincolnville Museum

Floyd Phillips could live anywhere in the world and he chose St. Augustine. Why? Because “the most beautiful people live here.”

tina waldrop sits outside osceola elementary school


Straight to the Top: Principle Tina Waldrop of St. Augustine’s Osceola Elementary School

Under the guidance of Tina Waldrop, a belief that "Better Never Quits" brought dramatic changes to Osceola Elementary School and its rating.

member of jacksonville's jax pack trey nadin


Leader of the Pack: St. Augustine’s Trey Nadin Rises to the Top of the Jax Pack

When he accepted an offer to join Jax Pack, Trey Nadin took the opportunity to step up, stand out, and emerge a leader.

donte palmer at home with his family


A Time for Change with Donte Palmer of Squat for Change

A simple Instagram post has turned into an international movement as local dad Donte Palmer is standing up (and squatting down) for change.

forrest masters creates avocado toast for the sprout kitchen

Food, People

Exploring a Natural Passion for Food with Forrest Masters of The Sprout Kitchen

Forrest Masters of The Sprout Kitchen has taken her love of all things culinary and turned it into something good for the body and the soul.

yoga on the beach with dan nevins


St. Augustine Veteran Dan Nevins is Waking a Warrior Spirit

Dan Nevins has overcome unimaginable obstacles, endured unspeakable loss and despair. Now, he motivates and inspires thousands worldwide.

dylan read lifestyle director at shearwater

People, Sponsored Stories

Building Community with Dylan Read of Shearwater

Dylan Read, lifestyle director at Shearwater, works to connect neighbors in order to build a stronger, healthier community.

big pineapple poses in a bar in st augustine

Music, People

A Big Island Vibe with St. Augustine’s Big Pineapple

The transition from rock and roll to Hawaiian music was born out of curiosity, but now Big Pineapple can't get enough of the island sound.

orvando freeman of st johns youth academy


Changing Young Lives with Orvando Freeman of St. Johns Youth Academy

A life-altering career change brought Orvando Freeman the opportunity to change the lives of incarcerated juvenile offenders.

James Maynard an intern at the st johns county public library sits with a stack of books


Bridging the Gap with James Maynard of the St. Johns County Public Library

Though a library program, James Maynard embarked on a path of enriching success – reaching out to an older generation in need and offering his help.

crystal and rob timmons of the veteran garden project in st augustine

Living, People

Healing Heroes with St. Augustine’s Veteran Garden Project

Crystal Timmons found peace by sharing her holistic healing process with veterans and families facing post-deployment difficulties.


Hugh Do You Know: Stephanie Newman, Founder of the Saint Augustine Girl Gang

Committed to encouraging women and helping them grow, this local beauty expert has started her very own girl gang.

chef marcel vizcarra of llama st augustine

Food, People

A Take on Tradition: Chef Marcel Vizcarra of Llama St. Augustine

Don’t travel to Peru just yet. You can enjoy all the flavor, courtesy of Lima native, Chef Marcel, right here at home.