The Ponte Vedran of the Week has become my favorite piece to work on. I learn new things about people I know well, and all sorts of things about people I don’t really know at all. Oh what we don’t know about one another. This week’s Ponte Vedran, Kitty Switkes, was a master gardener for the county? Spa manager??
I met Kitty recently when I joined the board of the Ponte Vedra Community Association. This woman is a treasure trove of information – and I mean that in a good way.
The Focus is meant to build community, and having met Kitty, I can’t think of anyone with as much knowledge about what is going on within our community and county — proposed development, taxes, schools etc. You name it, she is up on it. It’s a pleasure seeing someone so educated on area issues.
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Kitty. When you run into her, be sure to ask when she plans to run for County Commissioner. She should!
Name: Kitty Switkes
Occupation: I’ll answer this for Kitty — community guru!
Where I grew up: I grew up in St. Augustine FL; Stamford, Conn; Fairfax, VA; Winchester MA; and Jacksonville FL.
A Ponte Vedran since: I moved to Ponte Vedra in 1986 because I was hired to open the original Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
Other Places I have lived? See above!
My favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: My favorite thing about Ponte Vedra is the people that live here.
My least favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: Least favorite is the traffic.
In my spare time I like too? In my spare time I love to garden (former Master Gardener for St johns County), bicycle throughout the county, and practice yoga.
Ponte Vedran you most admire: Ebbie Le Master(deceased) , Jack Pope
Dream Vacation other than Ponte Vedra? Haven’t traveled too much, would love to go to Hawaii
If I could invite anyone over to dinner – 2 Ponte Vedrans and one famous person – who would you invite? Don’t really have an answer about inviting a famous person to dinner, possibly Donald Trump, just to see how exactly he styles his hair.
Last time you went to the beach: I live near the beach but I rarely go to the beach anymore. I need to change that….
Last time you saw live music: Waiting for Bruno Mars to come nearby
Favorite Ponte Vedra organization: Ponte Vedra Community Association
Favorite Ponte Vedra restaurant (or area): New Siam
Favorite place for a cocktail: Doesn’t matter as long as I am with my friends
Favorite way to get exercise here: Riding my bike, I used to participate in running races/duathlons and triathlons but I stopped running to preserve my joints.
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans/ Pride and Prejudice
Favorite book: John Grishom novels
Favorite band or music: Jazz/pop
Something most people don’t know about you: I am very passionate about preserving the natural beauty and quality of life for all residents of our community.