Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Should City Aid Youth Musical? Neptune Official Asks Atlantic Beach for Contribution

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Should City Aid Youth Musical? Neptune Official Asks Atlantic Beach for Contribution

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ATLANTIC BEACH -- Neptune Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Lyne

said she knew it would be a stretch Tuesday when she asked the

Atlantic Beach City Commission to help fund a Youth at the

Beaches Arts Guild production.

The group wants to use musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony

Orchestra for its production of West Side Story Aug. 1 and 2 at

Fletcher High School. Suzi Rogers, president of YBAG, said the

group is trying to raise $10,000, which would pay for 30 to 35

musicians. She said the musicians from the symphony are

professionals who must use a union pay scale.

Lyne asked the commission for $500 to $1,000, to help pay for

the musical help.

Rogers said Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach have each

donated $2,500 toward the cost of the musicians. The group has

also received $4,000 from Jacksonville Beach, which has been an

annual sponsor of the group.

The budget for this year's production, without the cost of the

symphony, is $16,000.

YBAG is a volunteer group that formed 16 years ago to give

children the opportunity to take part in theater. Its

productions are open to children from throughout Duval County.

About 60 children are involved in this year's production, Rogers

said.

Because Atlantic Beach has been involved with its Beaches

neighbors on other projects, such as the beautification of

Atlantic Boulevard medians, a fireworks display and TownCenter

events, Lyne said she thought the commissioners would approve

her request.

But commissioners questioned whether it was legal to give $750

to defer the cost of the symphony, and City Attorney Alan Jensen

said he would research the matter.

"If it's legal, we will do it," Commissioner Steve Rosenbloom

said.

"I don't think it's dead," Lyne said.

In other business, Jim Jacques, assistant public works

director, updated the commission on a road project on Beach

Avenue after a resident complained about having to live on a

dirt road for eight months. …

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