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Arts industries representing large share of business

According to a new research study published by Americans for the Arts, using statistical data provided by Dun & Bradstreet, the authors of the study have informed Historic City News that St. Johns County is home to 714 creative industries; employing about 1,861 people. If accurate, approximately 4.7 percent of all St Johns County businesses, […]

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Flagler College invites readers to Pollard Hall opening

Flagler College has invited Historic City News readers to be part of the unveiling of the latest addition to its campus, Pollard Hall; the college’s communication building located at 31 Cordova Street in St Augustine. Nelson Pollard provided the major gift for the construction of the new academic building, which will bear his family name. […]

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Commission unmoved by call for transportation dollars

Historic City News reporters are disappointed to report that when St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure pled his case for at least two other commissioners to join him in giving direction to the county administrator, Michael Wanchick, to better provide for transportation roadway maintenance and repaving; his concerns fell on deaf ears. Despite politically motivated […]

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Marriage Licenses Applications – 7/27/2014

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 7/27/2014

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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Tentative millage approved TRIM notices can be mailed

The St Johns County Board of Commissioners heard from the highest paid administrator in its 193-year-history this morning; during a budget workshop that left some Historic City News readers and members of conservative taxpayer groups shaking their collective heads in disbelief. Michael D. Wanchick stood stoic, indifferent, and apathetic to the plight of the families […]

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Dems will host non-partisan candidates

The St. Johns Democratic Party reported to Historic City News that invitations have been extended for an open meet-and-greet forum for candidates in the Primary and General Elections whose contests are non-partisan; such as Circuit Court Judge, Mosquito Control Board, Airport Authority, and City Commission. On Friday, August 1, during the First Friday Art Walk […]

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Board of County Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

St. Johns County Board of County Commission 2014 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 reserves the right to cancel […]

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Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party Floridians face a Monday 5:00 p.m. deadline to register to vote in the August 26 Primary Election; an election in which many St Johns County voters will decide the outcome some important election contests. Vicky Oakes, St Johns County […]

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Republican Assembly holds annual convention

At the invitation of Assembly president, Eric West, Historic City News editor Michael Gold attended Saturday’s annual convention of the St. Johns County Republican Assembly. Participants in the public portion of the meeting included candidates for election in various seats being contested in the August 26th Primary Election. Siting State Senator for District 6, John […]

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Santa Maria sign no longer an issue

Those who have complained about the potential loss of St Augustine’s iconic “Santa Maria” sign, atop the unremarkable restaurant that bears its name, can sleep better knowing that swashbuckling business tycoon, Pat Croce, won’t pursue further attempts to remodel the aging piece of history that they hold so dear. Historic City News learned last week […]

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Vilano Sunset Celebration schedule changed

Vilano Sunset Celebration schedule changed Historic City News learnedned this morning that beginning next Saturday, August 2nd, and continuing for three months, the start of the monthly Sunset Celebration at the Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion, will be delayed until 4:00 p.m. This is a recurring monthly social event that is open to members of […]

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Free bike parking for 30th Annual Bridge of Lions 5k

Free bike parking for 30th Annual Bridge of Lions 5k Director and President of the Velo Fest Community Initiative, Heather Neville, told Historic City News that her organization has partnered with event promoter RaceSmith for this weekend’s 30th running of the Bridge of Lions 5k. From humble beginnings, the event has grown to 1,000 participants […]

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Dirty Heads & Pepper Concert

Dirty Heads & PepperSaturday, August 2, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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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. Avenida Menendez Daytime lane closures 8:30 a.m. to noon from West […]

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Letter: Statutes backup Thrasher replacement scenarios

Letter: Statutes backup Thrasher replacement scenarios Doug Wiles, Former Member Florida House of Representatives St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: A recent letter to the editor of Historic City News took the St. Augustine Record to task for its editorial on July 20. The Record outlined the process to replace incumbent Sen. John Thrasher on the […]

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St Augustine begins removing derelict signs

The next time you pass by, you will notice that the large steel sign frame, at the corner of King Street and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, has been removed; just one of several business locations where the owners have voluntarily complied with provisions of an updated sign ordinance that was passed by the St Augustine […]

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Night Owl Cinema

Community First Night Owl CinemaFree Movies at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Gates open at 7 p.m. and each movie will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required, as the event is free and open to the public. There will not be a charge to park at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. No outside food or […]

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Sexual Predator: Harold Delong McGlocking II

In accordance with Florida State Statute 775.21, this news release will serve as public notification that the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has been given information that a person judged to be a sexual predator is now residing within St. Johns County. The name of the sexual predator is Harold Delong McGlocking II. He will […]

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St Augustine City Commission and Mayor candidate forum

Hear from eight candidates running for two open City of St. Augustine, Florida seats. Rhey Palmer, President of the Neighborhood Council was the moderator for the forum. “We have great candidates. Thank you for coming to the forum here in Lincolnville and sharing your positions,” said Merwin. “Thank you to the Neighborhood Council of St. […]

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Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson Concert

Gavin DeGraw & Matt NathansonThursday, July 31, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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Public Notice of Negotiation Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATION MEETINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT to Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, representatives of the Collective Bargaining Team of St. Johns County and representatives of the International Association of Firefighters Local #3865 will meet in public session for the purpose of collective bargaining contract negotiations. The following meetings have been scheduled […]

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Citizen boards: For better or worse

Historic City News readers know that the REAL power and control in the City of St Augustine is not floating around the offices of City Hall; arguably a dozen of the City’s most influential men and women, who have more power and impact on the day-to-day activities of our residents, property owners, business and professionals, […]

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County computer mapping analyst murdered in Ohio

Historic City News has verified details known at this hour concerning Saturday’s murder-suicide; where a 31-year-old St Johns County Public Works Department employee was shot and killed while visiting friends and family in his home state of Ohio. James Robert Boergers Jr, was born in New Brunswick, Ohio, and was raised in Monroe Township. He […]

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The Soulshine Tour

The Soulshine Tourfeaturing Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall Wednesday, July 30, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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Voter registration closes for August 26th Primary Election

Voter registration books will close on Monday, July 28th for the upcoming August 26th Primary Election. This is the last day for Historic City News readers to register to vote or change your party affiliation in St Johns County before the Primary Election. “Please call, visit our office, or use our online forms and resources […]

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Board of County Commissioners FY 2015 Budget Workshop

ADVANCE NOTICE SPECIAL MEETING/WORKSHOPOF THE ST. JOHNS COUNTYBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSTuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, Florida will holdthe Fiscal Year 2015Budget Workshop on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the auditoriumof the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, […]

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WFOY: Can you hear me, now?

Historic City News broadcast news partner, Newstalk WFOY, has received a full-power upgrade from the Federal Communications Commission and has amped up its FM signal locally, from the 148 watts previously allowed, to 250 watts — a signal so much stronger that Station Manager, Matt Kraycinovich, explained that the station to adjust its frequency, slightly. […]

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Letter: Questions The Record’s legal advice

Letter: Questions The Record’s legal advice Bob Hamby Palm Coast, FL Dear Editor: I have written to The St Augustine Record publisher, Delinda Fogel, editor Kathy Nelson, and opinions editor Jim Sutton because they are quoting Florida law — without giving the statute. It appears to unfairly diminish the value of the other Republican candidate […]

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Underground repairs close SR-16 and CR-16A to through traffic

St Johns County is responding to a water main break that has diverted all SR-16 traffic in the area of Lewis Speedway, while St Johns County Engineering Department spokesperson, Jessica Hamburg, tells local Historic City News reporters that the 6700 block of CR-16A closed today, and will remain closed for repairs through August. Both eastbound […]

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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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