Annual SMPS Beautification Awards acknowledge the efforts of locals

Annual SMPS Beautification Awards acknowledge the efforts of locals
Roya and Ed Ashurian, development of San Marco Station/ Panera Bread

In a moment of déjà vu, for the second year in a row Diane Martin, immediate past president, opened the spring meeting of the San Marco Preservation Society at Aardwolf Brewery.
The agenda was short and sweet: talk about accomplishments, present beautification awards, induct new officers.

Among the accomplishments mentioned were some serious efforts: review of the proposed East San Marco development and the anticipated traffic issues; prevention of the closing of the San Marco Library and Balis Community Center; opposition to a proposed cellular tower near Alexandria Oaks Park, and development of a programming agreement for Balis Center with the University of North Florida, Florida State College and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Awards were presented to Jed and Jill Davis, Dan and Ann Scavilla and Brad and Heather Arrowsmith for the renovations of their homes; to Ed and Roya Ashurian for the development of San Marco Station at Nira and Hendricks; to Sam and Kiley Efron for the addition to Taverna from the space formerly known as Mimi’s; to Arben Daragjali, for the renovation of three properties and to Barry Adeeb, for renovation of San Marco Diner into Beach Diner.

New officers for 2014-2015 include Mary Toomey, president; Andrew Dickson, president-elect; Meghan Moore, secretary; Jim Stevens, treasurer, and Diane Martin will serve again as immediate past president. Rob Smith was inducted as a director emeritus, joining Zim Boulos, Lori Boyer, Barbara Hall and Suzanne Perritt.

Dan and Ann Scavilla,  renovation of 1999 River Road

Dan and Ann Scavilla, renovation of 1999 River Road

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