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Dine on the wild side to benefit local wildlife

HAWKE announces that their 20th annual Dine on the Wild Side fund-raising dinner will be held at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm on Saturday evening, May 17, 2014. This popular event is sponsored each year by the Alligator Farm and Zoological Park (www.alligatorfarm.com)—more than a park, it’s the zoo for you. A ticket to Dine […]

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Funeral home tip led to manslaughter arrest

When deputies and paramedics were called to the Ellsworth Drive home of 88-year-old Mary Shaw Mathews, in Palm Coast, Sheriff Jim Manfre told Historic City News that no one suspected anything was out of the ordinary. The woman’s primary care physician even told deputies that he would sign the death certificate. That was until several […]

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Saturday: The black experience through the years

Historic City News readers are invited to enjoy an authentic reenactment this weekend on the grounds of Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine; presented by Florida Living History, Inc., Fort Mose Historic State Park, and the Fort Mose Historical Society. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

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Isabelle Rodriguez chosen as next Chamber President

The St Johns County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors reported to Historic City News this evening that they have voted to remove the “interim” tag from Isabelle Rodriguez’s title, and they have officially selected her to serve as the next President. Rodriguez ascends to the position after serving nearly four months as the interim […]

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Are incentives necessary to lure a company to St Johns County?

Historic City News continues to be informed that St Johns County’s administration, and their $91,511.13 a year Director of Economic Development, Melissa Glasgow, have been “earning their keep” from the economic impact generated by a couple of new businesses that they have been able to lure to town. But not all the news is peaches […]

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Stay of execution is last hope for convicted killer

Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, which is not likely in this case, the death warrant signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott against Robert Eugene Hendrix will be executed at 6:00 p.m. this evening at Florida State Prison in Starke. Hendrix was convicted of the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their home in […]

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Trial wraps up this morning in child solicitation case

Historic City News readers following the case of 19-year-old Christopher Daniel Holt, one of fifteen men arrested in Operation “No Soliciting” on March 20, 2013, will see the trial wrap up this morning when closing statements begin at 9:30 a.m. in Judge Traynor’s courtroom. Holt, who is in the US Navy, living at 7508 Wycombe […]

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Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

On Saturday, April 26th, the City of St Augustine’s public works department and Street Tree Advisory Committee are inviting all Historic City News readers to join them in celebration of Earth Day 2014. This weekend’s activities will focus on environmental education and sustainability; including topics like composting, beneficial insects, bees, organic gardening, rain barrels, native […]

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M. Ward Concert

M. Wardwith Mount Moriah Wednesday, April 30, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website.

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HAWKE Spring Open House set for Sunday

HAWKE will be opening the doors for their annual “Spring Members-Only Open House”, under the big oaks at the HAWKE rehabilitation facility in Elkton on Sunday, April 27th at 1:00 p.m. and continuing to 4:00 p.m., according to an announcement received by Historic City News this week. Those attending have the opportunity to take tours […]

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First leatherback sea turtle nest discovered

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the first leatherback sea turtle nest on its beaches was discovered on Saturday, April 19th; Rainer Eastman and Cat Eastman caught a glimpse of the newly discovered turtle nest at the South Beach. The volunteers began monitoring and evaluating this season’s sea turtle nests […]

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Local Tea Party hears from UN Agenda 21 speaker

Historic City News readers are patriotically invited to attend the next general meeting of the Saint Augustine Tea Party, being held on April 22, 2014 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Inn located at 900 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St Augustine. Our distinguished guest will be Rose Bailey, speaking about UN Agenda […]

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West Augustine Nuisance Abatement Meeting

West Augustine Nuisance Abatement MeetingMonday, April 28, 2014, 9:00 to 11:00 A.M.Conference Room 1-A, County Permit Center4040 Lewis SpeedwaySt. Augustine, Florida 32084 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the West Augustine Nuisance Abatement Board will hold a meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 1-A of the St. Johns County Permit […]

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Marriage Licenses Applications – 4/20/2014

The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee. The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action. From the records of Cheryl […]

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Final Judgments through 4/20/2014

The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee. The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action. From the records of Cheryl […]

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First Annual Betty Griffin House 5k

Historic City News was provided an update from Joyce Mahr, Executive Director of the Betty Griffin House, on the activities and winners from last weekend’s inaugural 5k Run and Walk at the St Augustine Beach Pier. In addition to the race, 87 people attended a fundraising brunch which followed at the Pier Pavilion. Anyone who […]

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Darius Rucker performs to full house

Historic City News special events photographer, Mark Cubbedge, reported that last night’s lineup for the Darius Rucker concert at the St Augustine Amphitheatre included the Eli Young Band and Corey Smith. Rucker rose to fame with his band, “Hootie and the Blowfish”, and their hit single “Let her cry”. From there on, this country and […]

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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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Carlos Santana Concert

Carlos SantanaSunday, April 27, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website.

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The value of a public relations guru

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for stealing horses and robbing trains in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor. The only known photograph of […]

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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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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.

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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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