Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Sat 4 Feb 2012 22:27
Bimble and Bits



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I stayed on Beez to do a few emails and a blog. Bear went off with a list - a few bits needed from the grocery store - clutched in his paws. He took this picture of the pretty empty dock and heard the Bridge of Lions opening warning. Oops, his ten minute jaunt was going to be somewhat longer.


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Cars stopped, fishing lady poised to come through


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No sooner than she was through than her arms were down, getting to work




St. Augustine is a city in northeast Florida and the county seat of St. Johns County, Florida. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental USA. St. Augustine lies in a region of Florida known as "The First Coast", which extends from Amelia Island in the north to Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Palm Coast in the south. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975. St. Augustine is the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.



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Pedro Menéndez de Avilés



History: The vicinity of St. Augustine was first explored in 1513 by the governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León of Spain, he claimed the region for the Spanish crown. Prior to the founding of St. Augustine in 1565, several earlier attempts at European colonisation in what is now Florida were made by both Spain and France, but all attempts failed.

The French exploration of the area began in 1562, under the Huguenot captain Jean Ribault. Ribault explored the St. Johns River to the north of St. Augustine before sailing north, ultimately founding the short-lived Charlesfort on what is now known as Parris Island, South Carolina. In 1564, Ribault's former lieutenant René Goulaine de Laudonnière headed a new colonisation effort. Laudonnière explored the St. Augustine Inlet and the Matanzas River, which the French named the River of Dolphins. There they made contact with the local Timucua chief, probably Seloy, a subject of the powerful Saturiwa chiefdom, before heading north to the St. Johns River. There they established Fort Caroline.

Later that year some mutineers from Fort Caroline fled the colony and turned pirate, attacking Spanish vessels in the Caribbean. The Spanish used this as a catalyst to locate and destroy Fort Caroline, fearing it would serve as a base for future acts of piracy, and wanting to dissuade further French colonisation. The Spanish quickly dispatched Pedro Menéndez de Avilés to go to Florida and establish a base from which to attack the French.



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Steve, Maggie and Trooper joined us for our daily bimble. Steve is going to find it hard to live down his ‘Redneck Turnups’ (he had forgotten to role his jeans down after their dinghy ride in). Still a Redneck though. I only noticed as I saw this lovely marker set in the concrete about four inches across.


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Steve now aka the RT (Redneck Tourist) with the Sons of St Augustine


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Everywhere we explore we see flowers, hard to believe this is February.


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Great advertisement and Beez new guard


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Beer o’clock as night falls over the marina building




                     AND SO MUCH HISTORY