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Thanksgiving week entertainment suggestions

Barbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, reminds Historic City News readers who reside in St Johns County that admission is free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden School House, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening […]

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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 in […]

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Bicyclist killed in morning hit-and-run collision

Detectives and traffic homicide investigators are currently investigating a hit-and-run traffic fatality involving a bicyclist in the area of Hilltop Road, according to a report received by Historic City News today. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the area near Kings Estate Road at 6:53 a.m. this morning and located the body of 26-year-old […]

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Chavez convicted on weapons charges

Chavez convicted on weapons charges Mother’s homicide still unsolved Special to Historic City News Historic City News was informed when the Elkton woman, who was a person of interest in the investigation of her mother’s disappearance and homicide, was convicted Thursday by a St. Johns County jury on charges of possession of a firearm by […]

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Conflicts continue on “insider” citizen boards

After recusing himself from a conflict on the Historic Architectural Review Board Thursday, Jeremy Marquis presented plans for his former board chairman, Claude L. Weeks, Jr. and his wife, Kristina G. Weeks, to rebuild on the site of the demolished Don Pedro Fornells House, at 62 Spanish Street. Weeks resigned from the board after a […]

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South Florida man killed in overnight hit-and-run

FHP Sergeant Bryan Dylan reported to Historic City News that police are looking for the driver that struck and killed a pedestrian standing near their disabled vehicle on I-95 this morning. Just before 7:00 a.m., near Mile Marker 309, traffic homicide investigators responded to the report of a 37-year-old Davie, Florida man, who’s 2006 Ford […]

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Obituary: Judy Mabry

It is with a profound feeling of loss that Historic City News announces that our dear, sweet and patriotic friend, Judy Mabry, went to dance with Jesus last night just before 9:00 p.m. Judy was one of the greatest patriots one would ever hope to know. She was instrumental in the original formation of the […]

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General Employees Retirement Board

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Police Department Retirement Board

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Town and Gown Task Force

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Street Tree Advisory Committee

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Historic Architectural Review Board Meeting

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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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Is Record newspaper covering for liar? or, murderer?

In September, St Augustine Record editor Kathy Nelson, was said to have called Historic City News reader, Clara Waldhari. According to the reader, Nelson threatened to “ban” Waldhari from commenting on future newspaper articles unless she agreed to never again use the words “Jeremy Banks” or “sick dog” or “murderer” in reference to Jeremy Banks. […]

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Consultant stalls e-mail release in gerrymandering case

The Gainesville-based political consultants at Data Targeting asked the Florida Supreme Court to delay the release of emails and documents that could expose the role they played in drawing new congressional districts. The state court plans to put the documents in the gerrymandering case online later this month. In a motion, attorneys for the firm […]

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Cyndi Stevenson saying goodbye to commission

Historic City News was informed that St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson submitted her irrevocable notice of resignation to both St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes, and Florida Governor Rick Scott this week. Per Section 99.012(3) of the Florida Statutes, an officer of a county government must submit their resignation 10 days prior […]

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Letter: Thinking of all the men I know

Letter: Thinking of all the men I know Malea Guiriba Hastings, FL Dear Editor, This time of year always makes me pensive and this year I am thinking about all the men I have met in Hastings and all of those who have passed and all of those who continue on, some with our help, […]

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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. All work requiring lane closures will be suspended from Wednesday to […]

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Cafe Erotica meets wrecking ball Monday

St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure reported to Historic City News today that he followed the wishes of his constituents in District 3; pushing for a controversial landmark building to either be demolished, brought up to code, or rebuilt. In a lengthy barrage of threats, accusations, humiliation, and lawsuits dating back to 1998, the County […]

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St. Johns County Offices Closed – Thanksgiving

St. Johns County will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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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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Should the city allow private squatters?

Historic City News has been investigating an apparent encroachment on city-owned property at what is arguably the center of heritage tourism for millions of visitors every year. Our reporters observed a “snipe” sign, a corrugated plastic sign on a wire frame, planted on the south side of the Visitor Information Center that attracted our attention. […]

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St. Johns County Offices Closed – Thanksgiving

St. Johns County will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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Include a stop at our state parks for Thanksgiving

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites Historic City News readers to visit a state park or trail this Thanksgiving Day. While many places across the state will be closed for the fall holiday, most of the 171 Florida state parks and trails will be open normal hours of 8:00 a.m. until […]

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Intersection improvements topic of Open House

Historic City News readers are invited to attend an Open House being held at the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library located at 1960 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St. Augustine in Monday, December 15, 2014. The topic of this open house, sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation, will be […]

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Smith joins County Commission as Vice Chair

The St Johns County Board of County Commissioners held its reorganization meeting yesterday morning following the November 4th General Election. The City of St Augustine will install its new commissioners on December 1, 2014. One county commissioner returned to his seat, another, who made the mistake of referring to members of the public, including Historic […]

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Control burn stirs up hazards near Dupont Center

Lieutenant Justin Asbury is cautioning Historic City News readers about potentially deteriorating driving conditions in the area of SR-206, east of US-1 near Dupont Center. The Florida Highway Patrol continues to monitor a 110-acre control burn in the area of Matanzas State Forest which may affect roadways in St. Johns County. “Motorists are encouraged to […]

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Hardy may be reclassified a habitual felony offender

Assistant State Attorney Travis Mydock, who prosecuted the state’s case against a St Augustine man for selling hydrocodone pills on SR-16 in August of 2012, reported to Historic City News that the defendant was convicted of the first degree felony charges today by a St Johns County jury. Trafficking in hydrocodone, between 14 grams and […]

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License plate fees distributed through micro grants

Historic City News has discovered that ten art, music, and cultural programs in St Johns County are $500 richer, thanks to a tax on the sale of Florida’s “State of the Arts” automobile license plates. We learned that when someone buys or renews a “State of the Arts” tag in St Johns County, twenty dollars […]

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Camera Club hosts renowned photographer Clyde Butcher

The Saint Augustine Camera Club announced to Historic City News that they will hold “An Evening with Clyde” a presentation by renowned photographer Clyde Butcher, famous for his wilderness photography of the Florida landscape. The event will be Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory auditorium across from Marineland. A reception […]

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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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