If you would like the benefits of a vacation without all the stress and costly travel, you may want to opt for a “staycation”! Popularity of the staycation – a leisurely vacation spent close to or at home – has increased since the economic recession and folks are now realizing they can have just as much fun and relax more than they tend to do on an expensive, long distance jaunt.

Luckily, we live in a city that is a popular destination for tourists and offers an abundant array of options for vacationers. No matter your vacationing style – rugged and outdoorsy all way to tranquil and relaxing – planning a staycation in St. Augustine is incredibly easy! Here are some staycation ideas for all.

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Davidson Cares is at it again! Davidson Realty’s charitable foundation kicked off its fundraising efforts early this year with their First Annual Red, White & Boom Cookout on July 3rd, which tied into World Golf Village’s annual fireworks show, one of the largest in Northeast Florida. The event was held at Davidson Realty’s office building and guests enjoyed delicious bbq, family-fun games, face-painting, Mile Marker brews and more. Davidson Cares supports World Golf Village area based schools, including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School.

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No July 4th is complete without a good old fashioned parade, and Glenmoor, World Golf Village’s premier community for Florida retirement living, is upholding the time honored tradition with its own Patriotic Parade!  Head over to Glenmoor on Friday, July 4th to line the streets of the community and join in the fun.  The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

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World Golf Village’s 4th Annual Fireworks Display is right around the corner and Davidson Cares is inviting all our World Golf Village friends and neighbors to join them at the Davidson Realty office building on Thursday, July 3rd to barbeque, socialize and raise money for our local schools! The family-friendly event, title sponsored by MOJO Old City BBQ, will kick off at 5:30 pm and go until the fireworks show around 9 pm. All proceeds benefit Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School.

Reservations are required for the event. Tickets include parking at Davidson Realty, MOJO BBQ, soft drinks, waters, restrooms and family-fun. Cold beer will also be available on a donation basis. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 15. Parking passes have to be purchased separately per car. The group will enjoy food and fun at Davidson Realty before walking to the PGA TOUR Golf Academy for the best view of the World Golf Village Fireworks Display!

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Mill Creek Elementary School’s first annual BBQ Night went off without a hitch last Tuesday, May 27, bringing in $2,040 — $1,020 of which goes directly to the school for books and technology! Catered by MOJO Old City BBQ, the event sold 100 meals including 55 family meals, 11 individual turkey meals and 34 individual pork meals.

Davidson Realty, which operates Davidson Cares, a non-profit organization that gives grants to local schools like Mill Creek, also had representatives on hand to help. Volunteers handed out pre-ordered meals to Mill Creek parents as they waited in the after-school car line.

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Pacetti Bay’s recent Harlem Wizards event was a huge hit with World Golf Village residents and schools alike! The Harlem Wizards faced off against the “Wildcats” on Friday, May 23rd at Pacetti Bay. The fun event was hosted by Pacetti Bay’s PTSO and title sponsored by Davidson Realty and Davidson Cares. Over 500 tickets to the event were sold and approximately $5,000 was raised for new technology at Pacetti Bay!

The night was full of fun on and off the court! VIP pass holders were able to meet the Harlem Wizards’ players before the game and sit courtside for a front row view of all the action. Each grade made a basket to raffle for the event, including a sports themed basket, a family fun basket, a beach basket and others. Fantastic raffle prizes included Disney, Universal, Seaworld and more. And, there were delicious food items for sale all benefiting Pacetti Bay, like SOS Diner food truck and Little Caesar’s Pizza.

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Davidson Development is celebrating its’ 25th year as one of the First Coast’ premier development companies. The company was launched in May 1989 by Jim Davidson and Ed Gil after they purchased the development rights to World Golf Village from a partnership group formed in 1987.

An authority in the selection, planning, permitting, construction and marketing of long term, large scale mixed use real estate projects, Davidson Development has cultivated a reputation for smart real estate investments that continually yield high returns for investors.

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Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty, has reached more than $20,000 in donations for local St. Johns County public schools! The foundation’s second year of operation has seen an outpouring of support in donations and time given by the sponsors, the community, Davidson Realtors and contributors. The foundation’s Title Sponsors include Bank of England, Mile Marker Brewing, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and La Fontana at the Residences.

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When we think of childhood, what we often visualize is images of riding bikes, family events and birthday parties. But there are too many kids in our community that see none of these things – only years filled with pain and loneliness. This is where St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) steps in, provides therapeutic care and love, and changes lives every day.

Founded in 1989 by Carl Simone, SAYS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides three therapeutic residential homes for First Coast area boys ages six to 18 who have suffered from physical or sexual abuse, or extreme neglect. “Our goal is to build self-esteem in these boys and young men to help them lead positive, meaningful lives,” said Executive Director Schuyler Siefker, who was honored as 2014 Administrator of the Year by the Florida Coalition for Children.

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Davidson Realty is thrilled to welcome S.O.S. Diner, a local food truck company, to feature its fare at the Davidson Realty offices each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

S.O.S. Diner serves a variety of lunchtime favorites, including sandwiches, wraps, tacos, scrumptious sides, and various soups and stews. Visit S.O.S. Diner’s Facebook page to see a menu and photos of their mouthwatering menu items!

Part of the proceeds will benefit Davidson Cares, which offers support through grants to several St. Johns County public schools, including Mill Creek Elementary School, Wards Creek Elementary School, Palencia Elementary School, and Pacetti Bay Middle School. The program also raises funds directly for the schools through an annual 5K race and other fundraising events.

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