Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19 This is your month! You’ve spent the last 11 months waiting for it, you have every right to order what you want and NOT feel obligated to share your large fry. Because as your sign sigil the Goat implies, you are the Greatest Of All Time!
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18 There’s going to be a lot of fires this month that people will need your help putting out… Thank the stars for the water sign! Use your excellent sense of tact and grace this month to avoid any pitfalls in your personal life, and be prepared to mediate.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20 No one seems to like a critic, but everyone loves to read the reviews; don’t stop being you. People are going to talk no matter what, so why not give them something to talk about? As the saying goes, “no publicity is bad publicity”.
Aries Mar 21 – Apr 19 Aries, we get it, you’re not afraid to try new things. But sooner or later you will find yourself eating alone. Step back a bit; let others have a say. Being headstrong definitely has its virtues, but it is only through self-discipline that we can allow our talents to truly flourish.
Taurus Apr 20 – May 20 It’s a new year, Taurus, the time to let go of the past and allow new beginnings flourish. Don’t get your rocky mountain oysters in a bind; change is inevitable and can bring some sweet to your saltiness. Embrace the change and go with the flow. After all, “change is the only constant.”
Gemini May 21 – Jun 20 You are that special spice everyone is looking for this month, and your ability to adapt makes you fit for any meal. You’re going to be in high demand, and you deserve to let loose a little. Let others take control, and see where it takes you. Don’t be afraid of trying something new. Cancer Jun 21 – Jul 20 Some people love to eat crab; others think it’s just too much work with not enough reward. Don’t waste your energy pinching at those people – focus on those who not only want you around, but go out of their way to have you.
Leo Jul 23 – Aug 22 Take pride in your ability to take care of yourself and those you hold dear. You don’t simply get food – you hunt for it, and there are many animals out there looking to eat your leftovers. Let them; it’s what keeps you on top.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sep 22 You’re like gas station sushi. I know you’re bad for me, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME, VIRGO????
Libra Sep 23 – Oct 22 You are anyone’s sweet tooth fulfillment, Libra; you make it difficult to take just one bite. The “new year, new me” season is upon you, and you’re tired of the same-old-same-old. Everyone wants a piece – don’t even think about settling for less. Even if Virgo is out there looking like a snack.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21 You’re on fire, Scorpio, and rightly so. There is a passion stirring deep within you that wants to get out, so bring closure to any areas of your life that are holding you back and get down to the nitty gritty once and for all. You know what you have to do – now go do it!
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21 Your soul is hangry, Sag – you’ve waited until the point of starvation to get up to eat. You’re not finding satisfaction in the same things anymore, and maybe it’s because you’ve outgrown them. Take some time to get in touch with what is going to really feed your soul, and stop being so hard on yourself. You’ve come a long way
There are so many great beachside residents on which to report. However, I had only to look across the office from where I sit every day to find one great American / beachside resident I am proud to report on. Being that I am the Editor-in-Chief for this rag, I have decided to take it upon myself, amidst much protest from the man himself, to bring to light someone I am proud of. He’s a moderately modest man who doesn’t often get the accolades he deserves. Outside from being my boss and friend, he is (most importantly) a decorated combat U.S. Marine veteran, and his story deserves to be heard.
So who is Mr. Beachside? Well, that’s Craig Harriman. Craig was born in Belfast, Maine. He spent the majority of his childhood riding four-wheelers, hunting, camping, fishing and exploring the great outdoors. His family owned a True Value hardware store for 20+ years, where he learned much of his work ethic. He fast-tracked through high school, graduating in just three years, followed by two years at Southern Maine Community College. In 2001 he signed up for the delayed entry program with the United States Marine Corps, with an M.O.S. of Presidential Security Forces.
On September 11, 2001, while attending college, he watched as two planes collided with the Twin Towers. Immediately, he made a willful choice to approach his recruiter and enlist. By the second day of the new year, 2002 , he was standing on the yellow footprints at Paris Island, South Carolina. After 13 weeks, he graduated from Boot Camp, and was soon after shipped to the School of Infantry where he specialized as a heavy machine gunner. After graduating the School of Infantry, he attended the Marine Corps Security Forces school where he specialized in close quarters battle (CQB). After graduation, he received his first orders to Washington State where he worked in classified operations. After two years of being an operator, Craig was promoted to Security Force Instructor where he spent a little over a year training students in CQB, physical security, and other special tactics. While at this duty station, he also received his 1st Instructor black belt in the Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts program.
In late 2004, he received orders to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned to a special unit preparing for deployment to the Iraq war. Tasked as a small unit leader for a combined anti-armor team, he specialized in transportation of high-risk personnel and high level dignitary security. He served two back-to-back tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), in addition to a classified area near Sadr City Baghdad. After the war, he received orders to Brunswick Naval Air Station where he served as an Infantry Inspector Instructor. His primary duty was to train infantry reserve units to fight in combat. His secondary duty was to serve as head of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program for the state of Maine, raising money for children in need during the holiday season. He was also assigned duty as casualty notification wherein he was responsible for family notifications of killed in action (KIA) Marines or deceased Marines. Essentially, once the Marine’s body came off the plane, it was in his stewardship until it was laid to rest. He has ushered many of our fallen heroes to their final resting spots and attended many funerals.
While stationed in Maine, he received medical treatment for injuries he sustained in 2010 and was medically retired. That year, he left the state of Maine and headed to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as a federal police officer. There, he was assigned a few very prestigious special assignments. When Obama came to Kennedy Space Center in 2012, Craig was selected to drive the lead security vehicle in his convoy.
During his years at the Air Force Station, he worked many launches. He even worked special detail on the last couple shuttle launches in history. Some days he gets that far-away look on his face and regales his excitement in meeting the many astronauts and dignitaries who shook his hand over the years.
In 2012, he took over representation of The Beachside Resident syndication, where he learned his passion for storytelling and reporting. Nearly simultaneously, in 2013, he stepped into the private sector and began work renovating and revitalizing properties within the greater Cocoa Beach area. I’m often in awe of the dedication it must’ve taken to operate a publication and transition to the private arena at the same time. I’ve transitioned out of the military myself; going to the mall to buy new sneakers nearly broke me.
As though that weren’t enough, within that year, he also created the Cocoa Beach Friday Fest, which still exists today, and attended the Florida Main Street conference where he helped establish the Cocoa Beach Main Street program. Craig has served as the Marketing Director/Production Manager on local events like the Cocoa Beach Art Show, Thunder on Cocoa Beach and The Legend of the Seagullmen. Some of the events he’s partnered with are Surfing Santas, Operation Surf and Surfers for Autism. In 2017, he started the Eastern Pro/AM and served as the Executive Director for the event.
Recently he’s worked on many community revitalization projects. Craig has helped incubate over 13 local businesses within the downtown Cocoa Beach community, and is also the founder of Mai Tiki Market. This year, The Beachside Resident hosted our first annual Mai Tiki Carving Contest where we gave $5,000 in prize money to the best tiki carvers in the country.
Craig’s concept for a tiki carving contest was a hit with the community. In fact, we’ve scheduled April 20, 2019 for the second annual event, so now it’s a thing. This guy is a maverick when it comes to brainstorming and fund-raising and we couldn’t be more proud of him for the events he’s conceived of and cultivated. Not to brag, but Craig has even served as a Board of Director for a couple years on the Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Club. Last year he helped lead the charge in raising over $10,000 for the Cocoa Beach Roosevelt playground.
His passions include skateboarding, surfing, VW’s, woodworking and reggae music. He is a father of two beautiful girls. He has a gorgeous girlfriend who pierces the masses with her custom jewelry (Whitney Bailey, Endless Summer Tattoo), three dogs, three chickens, five fish and one fine pig named Hammy.
Craig is an environmentalist at heart with a goal to better our environmental guardianship. He has a great passion for the ocean, and especially our lagoon. He plans to use his platform with Beachside Media and The Beachside Resident to raise awareness about local beachside subjects that affect us all. Craig believes in our community and that ultimately, the change must start with us.