Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Valentine's Memories Shared by Some Beaches Romantics

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Valentine's Memories Shared by Some Beaches Romantics

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With Valentine's Day approaching, I called around town asking

people to share their most romantic memories of the holiday for

a column that would inspire readers to reach for new heights

when planning their own celebrations next week. Although some

declined, I wanted to thank those folks who helped out for being

courageous enough to share their stories.

One of the bravest, most prolific and creative was Atlantic

Beach Public Safety Director David Thompson. He spoke of giving

and receiving from his wife.

"What Jeanine did for me was, first she got rid of the kids for

the evening, and she had a meal catered at the house," he said.

"Everything from appetizers, to chocolate covered strawberries.

"The ones I got the most credit for are the days of pampering

and spoiling. Once, I gave her a full day at Beresford

photographers downtown, with champagne, a makeover, hair and

nails and then a glamour photo. The other was a day at a local

spa with a massage, aromatherapy, the whole thing."

A romantic heart beats under that police badge.

Michael Joseph, president of the Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of

Commerce, also spoke of receiving a creative gift from his wife,

Kay.

He arrived back at the office to find a key to a room at the

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on his chair. With it, a note that read:

"Meet me at 4 p.m." He recognized his wife's handwriting.

When he arrived, Kay had arranged for champagne and room

service for a romantic dinner on the oceanfront.

"It was the most exciting thing. It was sexy and romantic and

fun all at one time." he said.

Jacksonville Beach Councilwomen Bennie Furlong had quite a few

memories.

"It's hard to single out one husband, but . . . I always wrote

all the plays for San Pablo school and 20 years ago it was

impossible to find a copy of the record It's a Small World After

All to go along with the play I wrote based on the song. So, Mr.

Furlong drove all the way to Orlando, bought the record and

brought it back to me for the play," she said.

ATP Tennis Director Brian Gottfried feels additional pressure

on Valentine's Day because his wife raises roses. …

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