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Housing Finance Authority Meeting Schedule

Housing Finance Authority 2014 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 fourth Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. January 23, 2014 February 27, 2014 March 27, 2014 […]

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Semifinalists named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Evanston, Illinois, announced to local Historic City News reporters that five local high school students in St Augustine and St Johns County schools have been selected to be included with approximately 16,000 other semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an […]

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“Sea Your History Weekend” at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

“Sea Your History Weekend” at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Local Ties to American Revolutionary War, British Loyalists Highlighted During Sea Your History Weekend at Lighthouse Museum Professor Richard James Bell from the University of Maryland will headline Sea Your History Weekend, September 20th and 21st at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Although […]

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Vandals strike with anti-religious graffiti

Graffiti is one of the most senseless forms of vandalism possible since it does nothing to endear anyone to a cause and it is universally removed without much fanfare. Historic City News reporters found two recent incidents that appear to be linked to an anti-religious message; one across the Plaza from the Cathedral and the […]

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Guest Column: Help mosquito control keep the county disease-free

Guest Column: Help mosquito control keep the county disease-free by Cory ‘Duke’ Mara St Augustine, FL With a new reported case of West Nile Virus earlier this week in Volusia County now is the time to be prepared. The Anastasia Mosquito Control District needs your help to keep our county disease-free. You can prevent mosquitoes […]

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Johnson Sentenced to Death in FSU Student Slaying

A Louisiana man convicted of First Degree Murder and Kidnapping to Facilitate a Felony was sentenced to death Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Kentrell Feronti Johnson, 43, had previously been convicted of those charges at the end of June of this year. Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano, who presided over the trial and penalty phase of Johnson’s […]

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Reminding everyone to watch out for cyclists this weekend

Reminding everyone to watch out for cyclists this weekend Velo Fest supporting MS150 with bicycle parking By Heather Neville, Director Special to Historic City News Velo Fest Community Initiative will be supporting the 2200 rider strong Bike MS150 this weekend. As riders take to the road on a 179 mile journey starting in Ponte Vedra […]

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Airport Authority – five years without ad valorem tax assessments

Edward R. Wuellner, Executive Director of the St. Augustine ‐ St. Johns County Airport Authority, reported that at last night’s meeting, the members voted not to assess ad valorem taxes. The Authority made the fifth year of self-sustenance official during the final public hearing on their budget held at the airport’s Conference Center. The Authority […]

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Downtown Ron Brown retires as City Attorney

City Manager John Regan shared an inside iggy with the audience of over 100 attendees last night when he introduced the guest of honor during a three-hour retirement celebration for St Augustine City Attorney, Ronald Wayne Brown. Regan says some folks around City Hall get it, but he’s never really explained the nickname “Downtown Ron […]

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Amato announces career after First Coast News

Last month Historic City News readers missed a face that had started their day for the last 20 years when Eric Land, president and general manager of First Coast News, announced that Good Morning Jacksonville news anchor Phil Amato had resigned. Saying only that Amato had officially resigned his position on Monday, July 28, there […]

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Johns Creek Parkway Traffic Solutions Public Meeting

Johns Creek Parkway Traffic Solutions Public Meeting7 p.m. / September 23251 Huffner Hill Circle, St. Augustine, FL 32092 St. Johns County Traffic Operations will host a meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 in the Johns Creek Community Center, 251 Huffner Hill Circle, St. Augustine, FL 32092, to consider traffic concerns for […]

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Volunteers Needed at the Council on Aging

Opportunities are available to volunteer for one or more of the following positions through the Council on Aging and Coastal Community Center, according to an announcement received by Historic City News from Ginny Draper this week. If you would like to apply, contact Draper or Elise Moloney at 904-209-3686 for more information. Positions available: MEALS […]

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THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center activities

The St Johns County Council on Aging reported upcoming activities to Historic City News that are planned for THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center; located at 175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information on any of the classes or activities at the Senior Center, contact Darlene Mahany at 904-280-3233 or visit their website […]

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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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Guard recognizes 449 years of civilian service

Guard recognizes 449 years of civilian service By Michael Isam Special to Historic City News At the appointed hour of 3:00 p.m., on Friday, September 12, the order was barked to bring members of the Florida National Guard to attention. Thus began the “Retreat” ceremony. Like a well oiled machine, guard members performed admirably giving […]

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Fiesta de Aviles celebrates our ancient heritage

Historic City News readers are invited to experience the Spanish heritage of St Augustine and the direct pathway into the past provided by 16th century Aviles Street; the oldest street in the nation. Admission for spectators is free of charge, so bring the whole family. The event kicks off on Friday evening with a special […]

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VA doesn’t know where their veterans live

Historic City News has received a copy of a letter from Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron to Thomas Wisnieski, Director of the North Florida and South Georgia Veterans Health System, concerning the Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) location in St. Johns County, that indicates the the VA doesn’t know where their veterans actually […]

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Reports from the St Augustine Police Department

A 44-year-old St Augustine man was stopped by St Augustine police officers this week because the vehicle he was driving matched the description of a car used in a theft from Target. A computer check on the driver, David Albert Turner who resides at 142 Dory Road in St Augustine, revealed that he was operating […]

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Guest Column: Has anyone noticed it is an election year?

Guest Column: Has anyone noticed it is an election year? Pat Reilly St Augustine, FL I say we should have an election every year. Just look at all the activity. It reminds me of what you see when you turn the jets on in a Jacuzzi; a whole lot of foam at the top, but […]

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Arrest made as 2013 homicide investigation concludes

Investigators from the Florida Highway Patrol brought charges today against the driver in the fatal traffic crash that occurred on March 28, 2013. Killed in the crash were 20-year-old Alyssa June Nearbin and 24-year-old Joey Lee Stevens. Two additional passengers, 21-year-old Dylan Everett Charles and 18-year-old Erin Brooke Aderhold were critically injured in the collision. […]

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Guest Column: Long past time for zoning review

Guest Column: Long past time for zoning review John Valdes St Augustine, FL Once again the need for the City of St. Augustine to review its zoning regulations became obvious to me and many others at a recent Planning and Zoning Board meeting, at which a property owner intended to turn the old castle at […]

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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 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. […]

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Public dollars used to pay for private schools

Public dollars used to pay for private schools For-profit charters schools blossom Jacksonville Business Journal Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, spoke to a reporter with the Jacksonville Business Journal yesterday to express his concern with what he sees as a growing threat to public education from private for-profit charter schools. Vitti says […]

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Commission split on value of 450th Commemoration

During tonight’s first public budget hearing of a proposed budget of more than $56 million, the five members of the St Augustine City Commission replayed last Monday night’s regular commission meeting when Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes Kline and Commissioner Leanna Freeman said “no” to a beefed-up budget for the 450th Commemoration department. Mayor Boles corrected […]

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The night the world turned upside-down

Historic City News readers are invited to join the authentic, historical interpretation at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument for a special evening tour on Saturday, September 20th when you will have the opportunity to take a special look at St. Augustine through the lens of the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821). At the close of […]

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Patriot Day: Thirteen years after the American tragedy

This morning a small group of residents and visitors joined a complement of fire academy cadets, city and county firefighters and emergency medical personnel, police officers, and representatives from other law enforcement agencies, to remember the American tragedy that introduced a new term to the national vocabulary — Nine-Eleven. Each year on the anniversary of […]

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State and County officials get pay raise

Congratulations to St Johns County elected politicians — the official 2013 county population estimate used to compute the 2014-15 salaries is 201,541. By exceeding the arbitrary 200,000 headcount, you managed to squeak yourselves out a pay raise. Despite what was said by at least one incumbent on the campaign trail, the practice of determining the […]

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HHSAC Meeting Schedule

HHSAC FY 2013/2014 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 third Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. FY 2013/2014 October 17, 2013 November 21, 2013 December 12, […]

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Board of County Commissioner Special Meeting

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL MEETINGOF THE ST. JOHNS COUNTYBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, Florida, will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. in the County Auditorium at the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, […]

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A league of their own

The Junior Service League has sparked philanthropy through it’s shining example of team work, it’s passion for St. Augustine and it’s citizens. From inception, The League has been known for taking on difficult, large-scale projects which meet local needs not being addressed by any other group. Perhaps the most notable and visible example of The […]

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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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