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'A Part of My Heart'

April 29, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
"St. Augustine is a part of my heart," Wellsburg resident Michael O'Brien said when he called the other day to tell me how much he enjoyed our travel pages on one of his favorite cities.

If you happened to miss the April 27 edition of the News-Register, St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country, was featured on our travel pages.

In the article, I talked about how so many people I met there had visited the city, were smitten by it and moved there.

O'Brien and his wife have spent time there over the last seven years at a great place in Crescent Beach. "Our porch is just 50 yards from the beach," he said of the place they rent near the A1A highway. "We only looked at one place and rented it," he said.

And you can drive on the beach there, which I actually got to do during our visit.

O'Brien, who is very active in his Wellsburg community, said he could move to St. Augustine, but his wife is not totally convinced. They both independently discovered St. Augustine in their teen years, he said. They have some relatives from Jasper, Ga., who came to visit him and his wife, and now the relatives spend two months each year in St. Augustine.

"The thing that always intrigues me is the drive in to downtown St. Augustine, down Route 16, over the A1A, past the fort and to the bridge ... I look forward to that spot," O'Brien noted.

O'Brien also said he has a fondness for the lighthouse — having gone up to the top a couple of times. He took pictures at the top, but realized there was no film in the camera, and he had to climb the steps again!

The great thing about St. Augustine is that, while it is in Florida, it's in the northern part, therefore January and February are considered the off-season, and are a bit more affordable.

That's certainly something I'll keep in mind for my next visit.



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