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Intergovernmental Committee Meeting – RESCHEDULED

NOTICE OF A RESCHEDULED MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Intergovernmental Committee has rescheduled its regular meeting of Wednesday, September 3, 2014, to Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Augustine Airport Multi Use Facility, 4730 […]

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Building department clarifies 7-Eleven permit status

Historic City News spoke directly with Assistant City Attorney, Isabelle Lopez, and Director of Planning and Building, David Birchim, today to verify the unconfirmed report on Labor Day that the City of St Augustine had issued a permit allowing the construction of a controversial 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station at 179 San Marco Avenue. […]

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Statement: Anniversary of Michelle O’Connell’s death

Anniversary of Michelle O’Connell’s death Statement from Commander Charles Mulligan St Johns County Sheriff’s Office Community Affairs Bureau It is not surprising that on the 4th anniversary of Michelle O’Connell’s death, members of her family have orchestrated news events to again draw attention to this tragedy. Families of suicide victims often go to great lengths […]

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Despite City posturing, King and Queen have “other plans”

There has been a lot of posturing over the past year as St Augustine’s 450th Commemoration Department has attempted to justify its existence and avoid further scrutiny of its failed promises of sponsorships, private partnerships, and events worthy of, well, a “celebration on the scale of the Olympics”, I believe the mayor once said. Of […]

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August Criminal Cases Filed: 514

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. Court types included in this report are identified as criminal misdemeanor and felony, criminal traffic and fugitives from justice, according to the records of Cheryl Strickland, St. Johns […]

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Letter: Infrastructure expertise needed on city commission

Letter: Infrastructure expertise needed on city commission Grant Misterly St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: This week, St. Augustine unveiled a proposed five-year capital improvement plan for infrastructure spending that totals $79.6 million! This is significantly more than in past years. For our population of approximately 13,000, that represents over $6,100 per person. With stakes that […]

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Oh good heaven, here comes 7-Eleven

In a Sunday morning e-mail from Historic City News reader Kathy Schirmacher, the local news desk received unconfirmed bad news for North City residents that the building department of the City of St Augustine has issued a permit allowing the construction of a controversial 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station at 179 San Marco Avenue. […]

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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: […]

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Lifestyles of rich and famous city officials

Historic City News has learned that Commissioner Roxanne Horvath is taking a break from her “visioning” project for a few days to waste an estimated $2,553.17 more of the City’s money on a two-week junket with her husband, Peter Rumpel, when they traveled to Aviles and Sevilla, Spain, last Tuesday, August 26th; returning home Sunday, […]

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Delegation arrives from Spain – while mayor is in Spain

Like ships passing in the night, Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline will need to stand in for St Augustine Mayor Joe Boles on Tuesday to receive an official delegation from our Sister City, Aviles, Spain; while our mayor, and a cadre of city staff members and their spouses are taking a couple of weeks to do some […]

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Editorial: Revisionist history – it’s not just for tourists

Revisionist history – it’s not just for tourists As someone who’s spent enough decades living in St Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, and St Johns County; I can tell you, for a fact, that for a community that lives or dies by retelling the story of First America, we sure seem to be selling a lot […]

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Letter: Attack ads hit new low in county politics

Letter: Attack ads hit new low in county politics Ellen A. Whitmer Fruit Cove, FL Dear Editor: Saint Johns County politics hit a new low when voters received political attack ads against Ron Sanchez. The ads were issued by the Conservative Leadership Fund using as their address a post office box at a UPS store […]

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Concert

ZZ Top and Jeff BeckSunday, September 7, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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Letter: Low-class personal digs mark “new” Record

Letter: Low-class personal digs mark “new” Record Jay and Peggy Bliss St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: The “new” Record has now delivered two swipes at mayoral candidate Nancy Shaver, and it has not gone unnoticed. On the 27th, The Record election news reporter called Shaver an “upstart” — an uncivil and derogatory label. Again, on […]

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88-year-old pedestrian struck in crosswalk at beach

Historic City News has learned that an 88-year-old St Augustine Beach woman who was walking in the crosswalk of A1A-Beach Boulevard in the area of Whispering Oaks Circle, was struck by a passing vehicle and suffered possible life-threatening injuries at 8:20 a.m. this morning. St Johns County Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene […]

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Two days of adventure at the St Augustine Lighthouse

Historic City News readers are invited to be guests of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum on Saturday, September 6th, to take a bite out of history with award-winning chef Richard Hetzler. And then, come back on Sunday, September 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. when the museum continues its celebration of Florida’s Native […]

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Letter: Cook say he will continue to stay involved

Letter: Cook say he will continue to stay involved Denver Cook Nocatee, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: This campaign has been an amazing process and I wanted to thank my wife Michelle, my daughters Mia and Piper, my neighbors and my supporters who had such faith and belief in the message of […]

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First Sunday Community Picnic Brunch

Terry Buckenmeyer has invited Historic City News readers to attend on Sunday, September 7th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to a social gathering and community picnic in the Plaza de La Constitucion. Come enjoy the people, the food and OUR Plaza. “This will be an opportunity for the whole community to discuss what concerns […]

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San Marco Avenue to receive shared-lane pavement markings

The Public Works Department of the City of St Augustine has announced to local Historic City News reporters that in about six-weeks, shared-lane pavement markings, known as sharrows, will be added to San Marco Avenue from May Street and West Castillo Drive. Sharrows were first introduced to the city two and a half years ago […]

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Guest Column: What an Amazing Campaign

Wow! What an Amazing Campaign Dan Abel Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: First, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Thank you to my wife Christina. Your love & support throughout this race has been incredible. I love you so much! Thank you to my family, friends, volunteers, supporters, and […]

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“Write-ins” withdraw – Smith elected

In a maybe-not-too-surprising move, Historic City News was informed by Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes today that the write-in candidates who closed the Primary Elections have officially withdrawn their names from consideration; causing one county commissioner to be elected without opposition, while the other still faces a challenger whose name will appear on the General […]

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Appeal Court blasts city for refusing transcript of “shade meeting”

Historic City News reporters learned that yesterday, the Second District Court of Appeal issued a highly critical opinion of the City of St Petersburg Beach for refusing to release a copy of a public record documenting the discussion in a closed-door meeting attended by elected city officials. Under the state’s open-government laws, public officials are […]

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HHSAC Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

HHSAC FY 2013/2014 Executive Committee Meeting Schedule All meetings are held at the Health and Human Services Conference Room, 1955 US 1 South, St. Augustine.Any changes in dates, times, or meeting rooms will be posted. Meetings held on first Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. FY 2013/2014 October 3, 2013 November 7, 2013 December […]

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Boles lead only 29 votes – Shaver plans to win November

In a race that could have been decided between the two candidates last night, had the field not been corrupted with a spoiler, political newcomer Nancy Shaver of Lincolnville shows St. Augustinians that there is hope for a more fiscally sound, resident-oriented, customer service driven community when she drew all but 29 votes as the […]

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Davis Shores warned about September water conditions

The City of St Augustine is warning Davis Shores residents, both north and south of Anastasia Boulevard, to be expecting reduced water pressure and possibly discolored water during the month of September. Unidirectional flushing will be conducted in Davis Shores beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, and continuing through Tuesday, September 30th, weather permitting. Public Works is […]

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“Outsiders” win – Sanchez out

During the tabulation of last night’s ballots in the Republican Primary, of 16,888 ballots voted in the District 2 race, 39-year-old Jeb Smith, a fifth-generation farmer, won with 7,286 (43%) votes. Community activist, advocate for children’s education issues, and a former Air Traffic Controller, Kim Kendall, came in second with 5,363 votes (32%). Kendall contacted […]

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Charles answers some questions about home shooting

Jacksonville attorney Hank Coxe is representing former St Augustine Beach Mayor Frank Charles in the shooting incident that occurred at Charles’ residence in the 4600 block of Pecos Court in Cimarrone at about 3:30 a.m. Friday night. According to Commander Charles E. Mulligan with the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office, 48-year-old Charles shot 27-year-old Blake […]

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If you can, wait until September 1 to renew your tags

Residents renewing their auto, truck and motorcycle tags after September 1 can benefit from a new state law reducing registration fees an average of $14 – $25 each. But, if they get in a hurry to send back their automated renewal ahead of time, they may be stuck with the current, higher fees. The overpayment […]

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Defense Department aids over-militarization of local police

Have you been paying attention to the trend of local police forces to become more militarized? In St Johns, Putnam, Clay and Flagler County, law enforcement agencies have received military-grade equipment through the Defense Department’s 1033 Program and the number of SWAT raids has skyrocketed. Follow Historic City News for more details on this disturbing […]

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Suspicious vehicle spotted at bus stops

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit is asking Historic City News readers to help locate or identify the driver of a panel van seen loitering in and cruising the area of several school bus stops over the past week. Deputies responded to the first call last Friday, August 22nd, reporting a white van […]

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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.

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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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