Beach Legends 2018

September 21, 2018 - 6:30 pm

TPC Sawgrass

Thank you to everyone who supported this event!  $151,000 was raised to support the Museum’s mission “to preserve and share the distinct history and culture of the beaches area.”

Thank you Deanne & Gus Dunlop for photographing Beach Legends!  Please take a look at the photos from the event:

2018 Legends Program

Recognizing that tomorrow’s hist31317934_10155203986995780_1253159611729444864_nory is being made today, the Beaches Area Historical Society has announced the extraordinary individuals selected to be recognized at its fifth Beach Legends event, Friday, September 21 at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. The highlight of the evening will be an awards presentation honoring these well-known members of the community, who have made and are making significant contributions to the on-going history of the Beaches.

Beach Legends for 2018 are:

Hon. Elaine Brown AND Hon. Richard Brown – Elaine and Dick Brown are well known in our community as long-term Neptune Beach residents, local business leaders and dynamic volunteers. As individuals and as a couple, they share a one-of-a-kind history of community leadership. In addition to numerous nonprofit and civic organizations, both have served multiple terms on Jacksonville’s City Council. Elaine and Dick have also both been members of Neptune Beach City Commission, and each has been elected Mayor of Neptune Beach.

Sam Veal – Sam Veal was born and raised in our beach community and as an adult, his work has brought a wealth of cultural richness to our lives. Sam searches out and nurtures local musical talent — booking new artists, old favorites and nationally known stars for local venues. He founded the annual Sea Walk Music Fest, the Salt Life Music Fest, the Great Atlantic Music Fest and he’s put Jacksonville Beach on the musical map with Springing the Blues.

James Roosevelt Stockton, Jr. – Jimmy Stockton traces his family’s Jacksonville roots to the 1860’s. Stockton leadership in banking, publishing and the development of Ponte Vedra Beach and the historic Inn & Club is legend. Jimmy has enjoyed a successful 50 year career in real estate, but he sees the world as much more than a land development opportunity. As a modern day adventurer, he has enjoyed a life of African safaris, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the world with family and friends.

Event Details:

The evening includes a cocktail hour with an open bar, auctions, and a sit-down dinner with wine. Live and silent auctions promise vacation getaways, dining and golf specials as well as prizes to bid on donated by generous Beaches merchants. The price of admission is $150 and sponsorship opportunities are available. This year’s event will be presented by Walter Dickinson & Helen Coppedge.

2018 Legends Auction Package

2018 Legends Sponsorship Package

Proceeds from Beach Legends will cover approximately one third of the budget for educational programs and operational needs of the Beaches Museum & History Park.

Thank you to our event sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

Walter Dickinson & Helen Coppedge


Landmark Sponsor 

Edward L. Baker

Bob Davis

Maxwell & Edna Dickinson                                                

Bill & Holly Hillegass

Jack & Lori Schmidt                                                            


Preservation Sponsors


Joe & Renate Hixon

Jerry & Susan Miller 

Rob & E.J. Taylor      


Monument Sponsors

Bob & Monica Jacoby

Don Kohla    

Harriet LeMaster & Family


Icon Sponsors

The Board of Directors of the Beaches Museum & History Park

Clare Berry, Berry & Co. Real Estate                               

Rev. Jim & Tay Cooper

Bill & Mary Wayne Dixon    

Tom & Jean Dodson

Joe & Jennifer Duke

Lee Sheftall Elmore-REALTOR, BHHS-FNR         

Paul & Victoria Ferber                                            

Marilyn & Jim Hoener

Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute–Beaches Division 

Jean H. & J.T. McCormick Family                   

Ponte Vedra Title, LLC                    

Lynn Seay

Sawgrass Asset Management

Swindell, Bohn, Durden & Phillips, PL                   

Bob & Suzanne Taylor

Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors

Chris & Cindy Ware

Frank & Mary Watson

Hastings & Jacqueline Williams              


Media Sponsor

The Beaches Leader and Ponte Vedra Leader


Patron Sponsors

Bill & Sally Barnett

Don & LaVonne Blackburn

Barksdale & Mary Collins 

Sawgrass Country Club                 



In-Kind Sponsors

Deanne Dunlop Photography

Chao Framing

MorganMackenzie Designed Communications

Sight & Sound Productions

Pam Almand, The Captain’s Voice


The Beaches Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to archive and chronicle the history and heritage of the Beaches communities of Mayport, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley. The museum building, which opened in 2006, and History Park occupy Pablo Historical Park, a three-block campus at 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach. For information contact Museum Director Chris Hoffman at (904) 241-5657, ext. 113 or

Beaches Museum
381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250