GERALD EUBANKS, actor and activist
Middling to considling, Gerald Eubanks might reply to your hi-how-are-ya. It means, Im doing fine. Eubanks, an actor and activist, says, When I cross the Bridge of Lions and look down on our countrys first city, Im amazed by its European feel. He shows visitors Fort Mose on US-1, where a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves came on the Underground Railroad to gain freedom in Spanish Florida (www.fortmose.org). Then he shows them around home, an area they settled and named Africa todays Lincolnville neighborhood between King and Bridge streets, on the National Register of Historic Places.
Its back in time but you can walk out of it, thats the hook, says Brian Thompson, who lives in Lincolnville, too. Flagler College, where he teaches, is the star of every carriage tour, housed in what was formerly tycoon Henry Flaglers palatial Gilded Age hotel. Wander and talk to people. St. Augustine loves to chat back, Thompson says. He names Casa Maya my favorite downtown hole-in-the-wall restaurant. On the beach: Café Eleven. Its a great music scene with a young crowd (www.cafeeleven.com). At dusk: The rooftop at San Sebastian Winery, listening to jazz and watching the sun set (www.sansebastianwinery.com).