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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 reserves the right to cancel […]

Five-story hotels rejected by commission

Two five-story hotels, a proposed upgrade for the Quality Inn by owner Farid Ashdji to upgrade to a Hyatt Place, and, proposed new construction of the Ponce Hotel, Inc., by hotelier Kanti Patel, were rejected on first reading by the St Augustine City Commission tonight. On tonight’s agenda, the first of two public readings to […]

St Augustine Tea Party holds January meeting

Historic City News has learned that the members of the St Augustine Tea Party will hold their January General Meeting tomorrow, January 27, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Inn located at 900 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St. Augustine. The special guests will be historical re-enactors, Bruce and Janet Smith, along […]

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 in […]

This Week in St. Johns County

This Week in St. Johns County Monday – Sunday: January 26 – February 1 SpanishEl Galeon “Andalucia” in St. Augustine The full-sized replica of a 16th century Spanish ship, El Galeon is open for tours at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.Named Andalucia, it is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an […]

Anastasia Island Library in February

ANASTASIA ISLAND All libraries will be closed on Monday, February 16th in honor of President’s Day. No items will be due this day and we will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 17th. AARP Tax Assistance Tuesdays, February 3, 10 @ 10am – 2pm Thursdays, February 5, 12, 26 @ 10am – 2pm The […]

Orientation events for potential Guana Reserve volunteers

Dr Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve, informed local Historic City News reporters that the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will host two volunteer orientation eventsat the Environmental Education Center next month. Anyone interested in volunteering in a natural setting with a focus on conservation is encouraged to attend. During the orientation, volunteers […]

10th Annual St Johns Reads program

Les Standiford’s Florida themed book, “Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean”, has been selected for the 10th Annual St Johns Reads program; and, Debra Rhodes Gibson promises Historic City News readers it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. “We encourage community […]

Guest Column: Tuesday is a Very Important Day

Guest Column: Tuesday is a Very Important Day Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections St Johns County, Florida Tuesday 1/27 is a very important day – Its Election Day! The Primary Election is open to all registered Republicans in the following4 counties: St Johns,Flagler, Putnam and a part of Volusia County. These Special Elections were called […]

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 1955 US1 South (just south of the 312 intersection), St. Augustine, FL 32086. Use the building entrance facing US 1 and the duck pond. Location may be changing in late February 2015 due to FIP program office relocation. For information: […]

Fake IRS agents scam taxpayers over phone

IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent, Scott M. Schneider, alerted local Historic City News reporters in St Johns County that, in recent weeks, there has been a surge in reported phone scams through the Internal Revenue Service field office. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has become aware of nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively […]

Three 50-foot hotels planned for US-1

Three 50-foot hotels planned for US-1 George Gardner St Augustine Report Three 5-story hotels are planned along US-1; one approved several years ago, and two more going before the City Commission Monday for Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning. Commissioners will decide whether to move the proposals to public hearing at a later meeting. “The accompanying […]

Mayor holds first monthly Community Coffee

Making good on a campaign promise, St Augustine mayor, Nancy Shaver, held her first community coffee; a monthly, informal opportunity to chat one-on-one with constituents who either are not able or not interested in attending bi-weekly meetings on Monday nights. The kick-off coffee, which Mayor Shaver jokingly referred to as her “450th Signature Event”, was […]

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 Daytime lane closures, road closures and traffic delays […]

Letter: HCN gave all Republicans a fair shake

Letter: HCN gave all Republicans a fair shake Bob Smith St Augustine, FL Dear Editor, Well done Historic City News! Thanks for giving all the Republican candidates in this Senate race a fair shake! That is more than I can say for the other print media outlets, and in particular, The Record. McDonald is certainly […]

VIA AIR will increase service from St Augustine Airport

Mitch Pizik, EVP Sales and Marketing for VIA Air, shared good news with Historic City News local reporters today when the official announcement was made that the airline will continue to provide passenger service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St Augustine to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. After the success of a seasonal trial, […]

Lincolnville group holds reception for mayor

Last night, the mayor’s Administrative Aide, Danielle Shuman, reported to Historic City News that “300 Concerned Citizens”, one of the grassroots community organizations that Mayor Shaver credits with her November election, held a reception in her honor at the Willie Galimore Center. The group discussed many of Shaver’s achievements and evaluated her overall performance during […]

Planning & Zoning Board Workshop

(Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10 am EST) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Lincolnville Community Redevelopment Area Steering Committee

(Tue, 13 Jan 2015 7 pm ) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

City Commisson Special Meeting

(Thu, 15 Jan 2015 9 am EST) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Historic Architectural Review Board Meeting

(Thu, 15 Jan 2015 2 pm EST) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Development Review Committee

(Fri, 16 Jan 2015 8:30 am ) For more information, contact the Planning and Buildinging Department at 904.825.1065. © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Civil Service Board

(Wed, 21 Jan 2015 2 pm – 3 pm ) © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Development Review Committee

(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 8:30 am ) For more information, contact the Planning and Buildinging Department at 904.825.1065. © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

City Commission

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 5 pm ) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

City Commission Shade Meeting

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Development Review Committee

(Fri, 30 Jan 2015 8:30 am ) For more information, contact the Planning and Buildinging Department at 904.825.1065. © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

Armed robbery at area Publix supermarket

The Publix supermarket located at 800 Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast was the scene of an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. last night, according to a report received by Historic City News today. The victim told detectives that an unidentified Hispanic male entered the store and approached the service counter. She […]

Lawyer: Seraphin’s claims are “completely meritless”

Wayne L. Helsby, the outside counsel with Allen Norton & Blue representing the City of St Augustine in the matter of former 450th Marketing Consultant Charlie Seraphin, answered the complaint of Seraphin’s lawyer, Kelly Parsons Kwiatek, saying that Seraphin’s claims are “completely meritless”. During his association with the City, Seraphin served as a paid consultant […]

City Commission

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 5 pm ) Agenda © 2015, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

 

 

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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 >>>