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Editorial: It’s against the law!

Editorial: It’s against the law! Michael Gold, Managing Editor HISTORIC CITY NEWS St Augustine, FL I love it when I hear people proclaim that some action or another is “against the law” — especially when they have no legal training, gullible followers buy into it, and, of course, on investigation, the action was not against […]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s DreamSaturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27, 2014Ponte Vedra Concert Hall The Saint Augustine Ballet, in partnership with the Cultural Events Division of Saint Johns County, is proud to present the ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, April 26th and at 2 pm on Sunday, […]

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City announces King Street redesign public meeting

St Augustine Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline will host a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the section of King Street lying east of Malaga Street, according to an announcement received by Historic City News. Paul Williamson, director of public affairs for the City, says the meeting has been called for Thursday, April 24th from 5:30 […]

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John Stemberger Endorses Kim Kendall

John Stemberger, Florida’s leading pro-family advocate, has informed Historic City News that he is recommending St Johns County voters to cast their ballots for Republican candidate Kim Kendall for County Commissioner, District 2. The Republican Primary is August 26th, with early voting beginning August 15th. Even though Kendall resides in District 2, all St Johns […]

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FDOT road repairs and maintenance report

Laurie Sanderson reported the following St Augustine and St Johns County locations to Historic City News where the Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting roadwork that is expected to have an impact on driving, beginning this morning and continuing through the coming week. Downtown St. Augustine Expect daytime road and lane closures from 2 […]

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Navy League celebrates Battle of Midway

Kim Kendall, VP Public Relations for the St Augustine Navy League, has invited all veterans, either currently serving, or who have served in prior conflicts, to participate in an evening that includes fine dining and a memorable program in commemoration of the historic Battle of Midway. Tickets are now on sale for the 72nd Anniversary […]

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Alice in Wonderland presented by A Classic Theatre

Anne Kraft tells Historic City News in St Augustine that A Classic Theatre, Inc. is kicking off their entry into the Romanza Festivale in May with the presentation of Alice in Wonderland; Lewis Carroll’s classic — with a twist. In The Manhattan Theatre Project’s version of the familiar adventures of a young girl named Alice, […]

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Governor visits Grumman this afternoon

About 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Florida Governor Rick Scott will visit the Northrop Grumman plant at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, according to the Historic City News sources in the Executive Office. Christine McGlade, vice president of manufacturing operations, and site manager for the Northrop Grumman Corp “Center of Excellence” in St Augustine, told Historic […]

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2014 Annual Reverse Trade Show

Kris Collora, president of the North Florida Procurement Association and a purchasing specialist for Flagler County, invites Historic City News readers who would like to sell their products or services to cities, counties, school boards, institutions of higher learning and special districts, to attend the upcoming 2014 Annual Reverse Trade Show. This exciting event is […]

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St Johns County wildlife officer named State’s Officer of the Year

St Johns County Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer, Lee Lawshe, has received the agency’s 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award, according to an announcement received by Historic City News this morning. This award is only one of several prestigious awards that Lawshe received this year. “Lawshe stands out among the Commission’s 853 Wildlife […]

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St Augustine police department reports incidents

Historic City News was notified this morning by St Augustine Police Public Information Officer Mark Samson of the following police calls that have been responded to by the department since last weekend. The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not […]

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Letter: Update on King Street repairs

Letter: Update on King Street repairs Bruce A. Maguire St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Tuesday afternoon, Jessica Clark interviewed me from First Coast News inquiring about the status of road and sidewalk repairs included in the King Street project. I told her that the key issues with the project are: 1. Keeping the focus on […]

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Todd Snider Show

Todd SniderWednesday, April 23, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website.

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Police capture three armed robbers last night

Historic City News was informed that St Augustine Police have arrested three men involved in an armed robbery that took place in the area of South Whitney and Madeore Streets. The crime occurred a few minutes before midnight yesterday. No injuries were reported during the robbery or subsequent arrest. Police responded to a call at […]

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Bryan Wrigley remembered during Monday ride

Historic City News reported in April 2011, that a 23-year-old University of St Augustine student, Bryan B Wrigley, had been killed in a hit-and-run crash as he was riding his bicycle along West King Street. He will be remembered during an annual bike parade, held in his honor, on Monday April 14th, 5:30 p.m.; leaving […]

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Will St Augustine or St Johns County attract aquarium?

Shawn and Kathy Hiester are continuing their search for a location to house an 8,000 square-foot marine aquarium; even though neither one of them has ever operated such an attraction, nor, as reported by Historic City News this weekend, have they been received with open arms by members of the Lincolnville community. In an interview […]

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Estate auction of Pot Belly’s memorabilia

July 25, 1986 will be remembered by Historic City News readers as the date that a St Augustine landmark was born; or, reborn, so to speak. In a building once used as a grocery store (Snyder’s) and later a farm and garden supply store (St Johns Farmers Supply) located on Granada Street, Kenny Pearson introduced […]

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TDC Meeting – Cancelled

MEETING CANCELLED Tourist Development Council Regular MeetingMonday, April 21, 2014 The Tourist Development Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 19, 2014.

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Devlin reportedly lost $1 Million on 7-Eleven deal

Despite months of picketing, demonstrations, and protests in opposition of the vacant commercial property located at the intersection of May Street and San Marco Avenue, becoming the site of a 7-Eleven convenience store with 12 gasoline pumps, Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., Historic City News confirmed that the property has been sold. Wally Devlin’s Sarasota […]

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Riberia Point – Aquarium not likely to proceed

Somebody can call the time-of-death on the latest Riberia Point project that has failed in the court of public opinion. And, after last week’s town hall style public workshop held at the Willie Galimore Community Center, it seems clear that if the City proposes any plan that introduces, or increases, commercial traffic at the south […]

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Darius Rucker Concert

Darius Rucker with Eli Young Band & Corey Smith Saturday, April 19, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website.

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Voters say “enough” County GOP resolves no tax increase

Thursday night, April 10th, during a somewhat contentious meeting of the Republican Party in St Johns County, Chairman Sean Mulhall held a discussion on a motion to adopt a resolution of the Executive Committee supporting lower taxation and economic freedom. Four of the county’s five Republican county commissioners attended the meeting; Rachael Bennett was absent. […]

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FDOT road repairs and maintenance report

Laurie Sanderson reported the following St Augustine and St Johns County locations to Historic City News where the Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting roadwork that is expected to have an impact on driving, beginning this morning and continuing through the coming week. Downtown St. Augustine Complete nighttime closure of Cathedral Street from 7:30 […]

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Why is the “gender wage gap” perpetuated by politicians and media?

Why is the “gender wage gap” perpetuated by politicians and media? By Hannah Bleau Special to Historic City News Have women achieved ultimate equality, or are we still subjects of a patriarchal society? Are we living in a man’s world? Women’s rights have been a highly debated issue for decades. It still is to this […]

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St. Johns County Offices Closed

St. Johns County Offices Closed

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YMCA Youth in Government

Students from many area schools – Florida’s First Coast Delegation- participate in the YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) and Junior Youth in Government (JYIG) programs. This year, twenty-seven students practiced techniques to learn to “debate ideas not people” where “the partisan divide exists only between the engaged and the apathetic”. Senior high students (representing Nease, […]

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Letter: Is an increase in County’s credit rating a good thing?

Letter: Is an increase in County’s credit rating – a good thing? Dan Abel Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: As a Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Counselor, I talk with clients everyday about their budgets. We talk about balancing their income verses their spending, and setting the extra income […]

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Planning and Zoning Agency Meeting

AGENDAMeeting of the St. Johns CountyPLANNING AND ZONING AGENCYThursday, April 17, 2014 Please be advised that the regularly scheduled public meeting of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the County Auditorium at the St. Johns County Administrative Complex located at 500 […]

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Guana volunteers served cheese smorgasbord Friday

Tomorrow, Patrician Price informed local Historic City News reporters that all volunteers at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve’s new Fish Habitat Project will earn a complimentary meal courtesy of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Gratitude Grille food truck. The Friends of the Reserve volunteers are reinstating and enhancing fish habitat at the Wright’s Landing […]

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Letter: Developers should not control concurrency

Letter: Developers should not control concurrency Randy Covington St Johns, FL Dear Editor: Next Tuesday, the St Johns County Commission will take up a very significant change to county land development concurrency. The proposed change is highly detailed and very technical. It was developed by a committee, composed mostly of developer representatives, working over the […]

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Ponce de Leon, Balboa, and De Soto (Period of Discovery, 1513–1542)

1528. The magic fountain; Ponce de Leon discovers Florida; Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean.— The Indians on the West India Islands believed that there was a wonderful fountain in a land to the west of them. They said that if an old man should bathe in its water, they would make him a boy again. Ponce de Leon1, a Spanish soldier who was getting gray and wrinkled, set out to find this magic fountain, for he thought that there was more fun in being a boy than in growing old.

He did not find the fountain; and so his hair grew grayer than ever >>>

The U.S. acquires Spanish Florida

Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams sign the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States. >>>>

Battle of St. Augustine (1702 AD)

After Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492, Spain began establishing control over the islands of the Caribbean Sea. When their reach extended to Central and South America, the wealth of the Aztec and Inca empires began flowing across the Atlantic to Spanish coffers. As early as 1522, other European nations saw the potential of profiting from Spain's work by attacking Spanish ships laden with treasure. Spain responded by >> Battle of St. Augustine (1702 AD)

A Timeline of St. Augustine 1512–1886

In 1512 Juan Ponce De Leon, in search of gold and the fountain of youth, sailed from Porto Rico and on 27th March he landed in latitude 30° 8', slightly north of St. Augustine. The Indian name of the country was Cautio, but Ponce de Leon named it Florida, having discovered it on Easter Sunday. The Spaniards planted a cross, unfurled the royal banner, and took the oath of allegiance to Ferdinand, in whose name they took possession >>>

 

   
 

 

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