HHSAC Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

Health and Human Services Advisory Council FY 2014/2015 Executive Committee Meeting Schedule All meetings are held at the Health and Human Services Kingfisher Conference Room, 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine.Any changes in dates, times, or meeting rooms will be posted. Meetings held on first Thursday of the month at Continue Reading →

ALERT: Commission may vote on tax increase June 16th

If you are a Historic City News reader concerned about the cost of a potential sales tax election, you are encouraged to attend one, or both, of the upcoming meetings to address your concerns directly to the St Johns County Commission. Communications Specialist Sarah Hand has announced that there will Continue Reading →

Recycling Program upgraded with larger carts

Historic City News was informed that St. Johns County residents will receive a free upgrade in recycling services this summer with the introduction of new 95-gallon recycling carts. The blue carts, with lids, will replace the recycling bins currently utilized by residential customers. Beginning the week of July 6th, county Continue Reading →

Flagler Women of Vision kickoff a success

The newly-established Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College reported to Historic City News that more than three hundred women gathered in the historic Dining Room of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon for the organization’s inaugural fundraising event. The mission of “Women of Vision” is to fund scholarships and Continue Reading →

Details emerge in Conch House melee

On Sunday, May 24th about 7:36 p.m. Officer Cecilia Aiple responded to the violent melee occurring at the Conch House restaurant and marina located at 57 Comares Avenue on Anastasia Island; according to a report received by Historic City News yesterday. When Aiple arrived, she met with 34-year-old John Paul Continue Reading →

City Commission – St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners

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Mayor Shaver guest speaker for local Tea Party

Saint Augustine Tea Party Chairman, Lance Thate, has invited all Historic City News readers to attend their Tuesday evening meeting when St Augustine Mayor, Nancy Shaver, will address issues of common concern and her plans for the remainder of her two-year term. The meeting begins with a social at 6:30 Continue Reading →

Board of County Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

St. Johns County Board of County Commission 2015 Regular Meeting Schedule The St. Johns County Board of County Commission Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays each month commencing at 9:00 am in the St. Johns County Auditorium located at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL. The Board Continue Reading →

Patrons fear force used by Conch House security

It was like deja vu all over again when Historic City News learned of last night’s brawl at the Conch House during “Reggae Sunday”. Two years ago, former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew found himself in the middle of a civil lawsuit over injuries inflicted on a security officer at Continue Reading →

Workshop called for Beach Planning and Zoning Board

Members of the St Augustine Beach Community Coalition want Historic City News readers to know that on Tuesday June 2nd the Planning and Zoning Board will hold a workshop to listen to concerns over Ordinance 13-14. Recent changes to the building codes through this ordinance have been controversial; specifically set-backs, Continue Reading →

St Johns County isn’t paradise if you can’t afford housing

Bill Lazar provided local Historic City News reporters with a copy of the recently released “2015 Home Matters” report from the Florida Housing Coalition. The report is an in-depth look at housing needs for St. Johns County residents that Lazar says is worth the time to reach — for yourself Continue Reading →

Visit Field of Crosses through June 5

Visit Field of Crosses through June 5 By Mark Cubbedge Special to HISTORIC CITY NEWS Helping Hands of Saint Johns County has finalized the work for “Fallen Heroes Military Tribute”; a traveling memorial that opened Sunday, May 24 at Faith Community Church. The Field of Crosses, which is on display Continue Reading →

Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Schedule

2014-2015 FOSTER CARE/ADOPTIONPRE-SERVICE CLASS SCHEDULE Meetings are held on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 200 San Sebastian View, Suite 2300, St. Augustine, FL 32084.For information, call(904) 209-6131. 2014 Fall Session Orientation – September 8Meeting 1- September 15Meeting 2 – September 22Meeting 3 – September 29Meeting 4 – October 6Meeting Continue Reading →

The Psychedelic Furs Concert

The Psychedelic Furs Sunday, May 31, 2015 For a complete list of events go to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website. © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved. SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH A FRIEND

Editorial: The Record prints retraction — sort of

Why in the name of God would anyone who wants to know what’s going on with elected government officials in St Johns County read the St Augustine Record? From May 23, 2015 St Augustine Record: “In an editorial Friday, we chided our new District 24 Rep. Paul Renner for, basically, Continue Reading →

Letter: County and cities lack common sense

Letter: County and cities lack common sense Tom Reynolds St Augustine Beach, FL Dear Editor: Calling a joint meeting on the same day the school district is having a special meeting is a complete FAILURE on who ever came up with this. I cannot understand why this is also last Continue Reading →

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. I-95 south of County Road 210 Continue Reading →

Editorial: We owe our veterans better than this

One of Historic City News’ valued columnists, Michael Isam, is a fellow graduate of Flagler College and a Vietnam veteran. He always has a kind word and hearty handshake for those who have served our country in the military and I consider him a good ambassador to our growing veteran Continue Reading →

Letter: I like the noise at St Augustine City Hall

Letter: I like the noise at St Augustine City Hall Leonard Pellicer St. Augustine, FL Dear Editor: It has been six months since Nancy Shaver assumed the office of mayor. During the past several weeks, we have been reading differing points of view in The Record from those who supported Continue Reading →

Hankerson has Elections Commission fine reduced

Historic City News learned that Derek Hankerson will pay a reduced fine to the Florida Elections Commission; charges arising from the late filing of his campaign treasurer’s report when he ran against incumbent John Thrasher in the 2014 Republican Primary Election. The due date for the report in question was Continue Reading →

Opening Day at Galimore Community Pool

Historic City News reporters joined local officials and happy St Augustine residents Friday for free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks to celebrate Opening Day at the Willie Galimore Center Community Pool. For the third year, thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, swimming is free at the Galimore Pool all Continue Reading →

Free shuttle to St Johns County beaches through Monday

With the demand for off-beach parking expected to exceed capacity during the holiday weekend, St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 23-25. The shuttles will run every Continue Reading →

Guana Reserve offers military families free admission

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve informed Historic City News that they are proud participants in the Blue Star Museums program; offering free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration Continue Reading →

Mayor Shaver addresses Women in Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman told local Historic City News reporters that this month’s guest speaker at their “WINGS Lunch and Learn” was St Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver. During Tuesday’s visit, over 100 members and guests shared lunch and conversation with Mayor Shaver, who made a brief presentation then spent the remainder of Continue Reading →

Beach resident dies from multiple gunshots

Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw reported to Historic City News that the St Augustine Beach man who exchanged gunfire with deputies a week ago has died at a Jacksonville hospital. Early last Thursday evening, 53-year-old Cary Lloyd Martin was confronted by police at his 497 Florida Avenue home. St Augustine Continue Reading →

South Anastasia Design Review Board Meeting

AGENDA SOUTH ANASTASIA DESIGN REVIEW BOARD May 28, 2015 at 3:00 P.M Conference Room 1, Permit Center 4040 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Please be advised that the South Anastasia Design Review Board will meet on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. in Conference Room 1 at the Continue Reading →

HCN obtains details from yesterday’s robbery-murder

Historic City News has learned that yesterday, after only two months on his new job, St Augustine Police Officer Johnathan Brown was dispatched to a robbery call at the Tobacco and Beverage Express located at 70 Masters Drive. He would not be the only law enforcement officer to become involved Continue Reading →

Store clerk murdered – two assailants in custody

At 2:00 p.m. yesterday, the St. Augustine Police Department responded to a shooting call from Tobacco and Beverage Express located at 70 Masters Drive. Officers arrived to find the clerk, Manav Deshi, dead at the scene; the victim of a single gunshot to the head. Deshi reportedly has only been Continue Reading →

Board of County Commissioners and St. Augustine City Commission Joint Meeting

NOTICE OF A JOINT MEETING OF THE ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND ST. AUGUSTINE CITY COMMISSION Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners and the St. Augustine City Commission of St. Johns County, Florida, will hold a Continue Reading →

Kensington Subdivision Traffic Public Meeting

Kensington Subdivision Traffic Public Meeting St. Johns County Traffic Operations is hosting a public meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 26 in the Palencia Elementary cafeteria, 355 Palencia Village, St. Augustine, to address traffic concerns for the Kensington Subdivision. Traffic Operations staff will discuss the Traffic Calming Continue Reading →



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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 >>>