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Rick’s Family and Friends annual Christmas celebration meal

Fourteen years ago, Historic City News learned that Rick Aeppli, a few of his friends and members of his family, started a Christmas tradition of serving a delicious, traditional Christmas dinner with a little joy, cheer, and friendship — and, that tradition will continue this year. Rick says he expects to “be the family” for […]

Welcome Charlotte visitors to St Augustine

Historic City News is pleased to report that ViaAir’s first nonstop flight between the Northeast Florida Regional Airport (St. Augustine, FL – UST) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will take place, today, Friday, December 19th. Aimed at holiday travel, ViaAir’s inaugural flight introduces a seasonal schedule from St. Augustine to the Charlotte Douglas International […]

St. Johns County Offices Closed – Christmas

St. Johns County will be closed Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, 2014 forChristmas. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Accountant charged with embezzling client funds

A 41-year-old Duval County man was arrested on charges of grand theft over $100,000 and organized scheme to defraud early Wednesday evening according to a report received by Historic City News this afternoon. Financial Crimes Detective Kevin Greene began an investigation nearly two months ago when the owners of a Ponte Vedra Beach accounting firm […]

Police awarded grant for lifesaving equipment

The St. Augustine Police Department informed local Historic City News reporters that the agency was awarded a grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that was used to procure sixteen Automated External Defibrillators. The AEDs are valued at just under $32,000. These units are distributed by the same manufacturer that the St. Augustine Fire […]

St. Johns County Offices Closed – Christmas

St. Johns County will be closed Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, 2014 forChristmas. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Work waivers extended to SNAP recipients

SNAP: “Temporary” work waivers approved for seventh straight year By William Patrick Florida Watchdog Since 2009, Florida’s most able-bodied recipients of government food assistance have been exempt from work requirements. The “temporary” waiver will continue in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which distributes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — called food stamps […]

El Galeon Andalucia returns to port

As part of a “Homeport 450th Dockage Agreement” the historical replica of a Spanish tall ship, El Galeon Andalucia, sailed into Matanzas Bay this morning. Dana Ste. Claire, Director of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, is counting on El Galeon for promotion of the 450th Commemoration throughout 2015 — but this stay only includes plans […]

FHP says “Drive Sober” campaign underway

The Florida Highway Patrol informed local Historic City News reporters that they will join law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation who are participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign is running through New Year’s Day January 1, 2015. “It will be hard to enjoy the holiday season […]

Commissioner Sikes-Kline returns to TPO

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization reported to Historic City News that their board has re-elected St. Augustine Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline for a second, one-year term through December 2015. Sikes-Kline, who served as vice chairman in 2013, was elected chairman for 2014 and she will continue as chairman for 2015. Other returning members of the […]

FDOT unwraps work in progress

FDOT unwraps work in progress by George Gardner St Augustine Report Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled its thinking, to date, in their efforts to ease congestion at the San Marco Avenue intersection with May Street and East San Carlos at US-1. Two left turn lanes onto US-1 (lower left) and a single traffic […]

How about a Beach Pass for Christmas?

Historic City News readers looking for a last minute Christmas gift might consider a St Johns County annual beach pass while they are on sale from all locations of the Tax Collector’s office. Beach passes are required to drive on St Johns County beaches during the 2015 season; March 1 through September 30. “All fees […]

St. Johns County Offices Closed – Christmas

St. Johns County will be closed Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, 2014 forChristmas. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Letter: From the only conservative writer at the Flagler Gargoyle

Letter: From the only conservative writer at the Flagler Gargoyle Hannah Bleau Flagler College Class of ’14 Dear HCN Editor and Flagler Gargoyle readers: What are we supposed to walk away with as we graduate from college? An increased sense of self? Greater critical thinking skills? A more opened mind? That’s what the promise is. […]

Can you identify the thieves in this video?

The St. Augustine Police Department is asking Historic City News readers to help identify a black female and her accomplices. The employees at the So Good Jewelry Store at 162 St. George Street filed a report of theft of 10 rings from the store valued at $360.90. Police have recovered a surveillance video and photograph […]

Abbott Tract urged to attend Wednesday meeting

Historic City News has learned that some property owners and residents in uptown St Augustine’s Abbott Tract are troubled over a move by city officials to “yellow curb” areas they say are needed for on-street parking in their neighborhood. According to Abbott Tract resident Cathy DuPont, it appears that the city took away valuable and […]

This Week in St. Johns County

This Week in St. Johns County Monday – Sunday: December 15 – 21 Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Exhibition For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum’s restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up “the best […]

Motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle crash at beach

Historic City News has learned of a fatal motorcycle crash this evening in the 3900 block of SR-A1A. The motorcyclist died at the scene on impact, according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. First Coast News televised images from the two-vehicle collision that occurred at about 6:30 p.m. near Zaharias Restaurant. The motorcycle collided with […]

Birds and butterflies attend garden dedication

The Seaside Wildlife Garden received an official welcome to St Augustine Beach yesterday when master gardeners from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dedicated the volunteer community project, located at the Beach Cultural Center. St Johns County University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Gardeners designed and installed […]

Deputies shoot and kill man at domestic disturbance

Deputies responding to a domestic violence call reported to Historic City News that one man has been shot and killed at the scene. Major Crimes Unit detectives and investigators from the Office of the State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit were still attempting to determine details about the officer-involved shooting. Commander Chuck Mulligan informed […]

Monday is busiest day of the year at post office

St Augustine Postmaster, Kenneth M Goodleaf, informed local Historic City News reporters that Monday marks the busiest mailing day of the year for the Postal Service, with more than 640 million cards, letters, and packages, expected to be processed. Last year, 607 million pieces of mail were processed on the busiest day, reflecting an increase […]

LSJ donates funds to support homeless children

Chris Stone and Kim McNickle accepted a one thousand dollar donation for the St Johns County School District “Aid and Support for Students in Sudden Transition” program; according to a report received by Historic City News last week. Making the presentation was school district employee, Brennan Asplen, and fellow members of the St. Johns County […]

Feature: A Different Kind of Christmas Story

A Different Kind of Christmas Story Malea Guiriba, Feature Writer Special to Historic City News You know someone, somewhere always has to begin a Christmas story with, “Yes, Virginia — there is a Santa Claus.” So consider this, that story. But the Santa Claus in this tale looks nothing like the bearded, bespectacled, jolly, round […]

Wreaths Across America: A pause to remember

Today, December 13th, at 12:00 p.m., the Veterans Council of St. Johns County sponsored the annual “Wreaths Across America” event. Historic City News readers and the public attended and participated. The historic St. Augustine National Cemetery at 104 Marine Street, St. Augustine was once again the sight of a tribute to our veterans when beautiful […]

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. San Marco Avenue Daytime lane closures from U.S. 1 to State […]

A December to Remember

Community First Credit Union’s A December to Remember Friday, November 28, 2014 – Saturday, December 20, 2014 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Friday, November 28 – Free Admission Doors Open at 4pm with Santa Visits, Train Rides, Face Painting and Bounce House Movie Feature at 6pm St. Augustine Amphitheatre Holiday Storytime Reading & Elf Workshop Saturday, […]

Manhunt underway for Home Depot robber

Sheriff’s forensic sketch artist Vinnie Russo released a sketch to Historic City News today that illustrates an eye-witness account of a man wanted for questioning in the November 20 robbery at Home Depot on US-1 South. Take notice of the “SS” tattoo on the subject’s neck and a tear drop tattoo near his eye. If […]

Visioning Steering Committee meets Monday

The City’s Visioning Committee reported to Historic City News that they will convene Monday, December 15th for the purpose of reviewing suggestions offered during last month’s public town hall meeting. The committee’s meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in The Alcazar Room of City Hall, located at 75 King Street in St Augustine. The public is […]

Tree trimming scheduled for Lincolnville area

Affected area includes streets south of King Street between Cordova Street and Riberia Street starting on Monday, December 15, Historic City News has learned that K&S Tree Service will be trimming trees within the rights-of-way along streets in Lincolnville. Readers should be aware that the city contractor will be trimming between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 […]

A December to Remember

Community First Credit Union’s A December to Remember Friday, November 28, 2014 – Saturday, December 20, 2014 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Friday, November 28 – Free Admission Doors Open at 4pm with Santa Visits, Train Rides, Face Painting and Bounce House Movie Feature at 6pm St. Augustine Amphitheatre Holiday Storytime Reading & Elf Workshop Saturday, […]

 

 

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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 >>>