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Meet Mumford the Manatee

SAINT AUGUSTINE – Dee Mountcastle, a Realtor® with Watson Realty in St. Augustine Beach, has published Mumford the Manatee, a story about a curious baby manatee who wanders from his mother to explore his habitat and a boy who has an adventure on the river in his boat. A collision, an accident, and a rescue ensue. Dad, a wildlife warden, and a zookeeper attempt to save the injured animal in this fun-to-read, educational children’s picture book that teaches lessons about protection and safety. A great read for children in pre-school through nine years old!

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Dee Mountcastle

Retired after teaching elementary school students for 35 years on eastern Long Island, she is an advocate for protection of our wildlife, especially our aquatic creatures.  Dee chose to relocate to St. Augustine because it was different from most of Florida. The county supports wetlands and conservation. It protects turtle nesting areas and believes that tomorrow is just as important as today. Dee says “As a Grandmother of three I want to see us support ecologically sound decisions as St. John’s County protects its beaches, wetlands and forests. That is why I came to this area to enjoy all the aspects of nature and its inhabitants, and that is why i chose to write about it in my children’s book, Mumford the Manatee.  Selling Real Estate is my passion and I support Learn to Read of St. Johns County Inc. Not only am I a volunteer tutor, but I donate a percentage of my Realtor® commissions to support the organization. I am also a past president of the Learn to Read Board.”

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Dee has her Military Relocation Designation and recently qualified with Watson’s Military on the Move  program which certifies her to help military families move and relocate anywhere in the country. As the wife of a Coast Guard Veteran, she knows how daunting a permanent change of station may be to our military families.  As a corporate sponsor of the First Militia Chapter, AUSA, she wants to be “Always Ready, Always There” for our troops.

Meet the author at the book signing of the first edition to be held at the Watson Realty offices at 3175 A1A South in St. Augustine Beach on Friday, June 22, from 2 until 4 p.m., where both the hard cover and soft cover editions will be available for purchase. Call (904) 687-5667 to pre-reserve your copy today!

Mumford the Manatee is also available on-line, through, and may be ordered from

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