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Financial questions circling the Mumford concert

Historic City News became aware of recent financial questions circling around the relationship between the City of St Augustine and AC Entertainment, the concert promoter who produced the Mumford and Sons two-day Gentlemen of the Road stopover held September 13, and concluding September 14, 2013. We found that the City of St Augustine is keeping […]

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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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3rd Annual Spoonbills and Sprockets Tour

3rd Annual Spoonbills and Sprockets Bicycle Tour Heather Neville invited all Historic City News readers to rediscover all that is beautiful about our Historic Byway by bike during the 3rd Annual Spoonbills and Sprockets Bicycle Tour. Perhaps no stretch of highway reaches further into America’s history than the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. An […]

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Jerry Cameron Receives Leadership Award

Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare honored St. Johns County Assistant Administrator, Jerry Cameron, with a Community Leadership award this month for his role in integrating behavioral healthcare services into the County’s health care support system, according to an announcement received by Historic City News. The organization recognized Cameron as a clear leader in the St. Johns County […]

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Bond set for local deputy sheriff in kidnapping case

Historic City News has learned that 37-year-old Catherine Lynn Payne appeared with her attorney at 8:00 a.m. this morning in Nassau County court for her first appearance on felony criminal charges that she kidnapped her 6-year-old son, Reid. Police say she violated a court-issued custody order giving the boy’s father custody of the child. In […]

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St Johns Deputy returns her missing son to his father

St Johns County Sergeant Catherine Payne, and her 6-year-old son Reid, were the subjects of an Amber Alert that went out at about 8:00 p.m. tonight; however, the two were located in Fernandina Beach a short time later and the Amber Alert has been canceled. The alert issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement […]

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Jay Morris aids Ben Rich in attack on Commissioner McClure

Once again, County Commission chairman, Jay Morris, allows the public to make politically motivated comments during this morning’s regular meeting — and, once again, District 3 commissioner Bill McClure is the victim of the attack. Returning to the podium, former commissioner Ben Rich prefaced his remarks by stating a presumption that he is entitled to […]

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Flushing of city fire hydrants begins tomorrow

The City of St Augustine reports that starting tomorrow; they will finally have an explanation for instances of reduced water pressure and discolored water for Historic City News readers who live or work in the city — south of King Street between the Matanzas and San Sebastian Rivers. Between Wednesday, April 22nd, and continuing through […]

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K-9 Baron Day

By proclamation of the St Johns Board of County Commissioners, today, October 21st, was designated as “K-9 Baron Day”. Deputy Sheriff Farrah Ashe, Baron’s handler, accepted the proclamation during the regular business meeting at the St Johns County Auditorium. Vice Chairman Rachael Bennett made the presentation to Ashe, who spoke briefly about the loss of […]

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Looking for fun things to do on a budget?

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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Kalaidi: Vote for best “LADY” for mayor

Kalaidi: Vote for best “LADY” for mayor Citing a need for better transparency in government operations, both at the county and city level in St Augustine, resident and taxpayer advocate, Betty Jane (B.J.) Kalaidi told members of the St Johns County Commission this morning that, although the podium had been misused in recent weeks to […]

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Intoxicated drivers among police activity this weekend

A 20-year-old St Augustine resident, Leah Maria Boschetti, whose last known address was reported to Historic City News as 166 Laguna Court in Saint Augustine, was arrested by St Augustine Police on Friday afternoon when she was unable to pass a field sobriety test. Boschetti was taken into custody at the scene of a motor […]

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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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Bio: Herb Rippe

HERB RIPPE AGE: 62 OCCUPATION: Retired Candidate for: Port Waterway and Beach – Group 3 CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Augustine PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District COMMUNITY SERVICE: Memberships, Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine Maritime Historical Society, St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club, Disabled American Veterans QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE: Current chairman […]

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Bio: Nancy Sikes-Kline

NANCY SIKES-KLINE AGE: 57 OCCUPATION: Land Use Planner in northeast Florida since 1984 with experience in historic preservation, transportation, zoning, and comprehensive planning. As a current City Commissioner/Vice Mayor, I am prepared with real experience and practical training to address the complex issues facing the city. Candidate for: City of St. Augustine Comm – Seat […]

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Bio: Grant Misterly

GRANT MISTERLY AGE: 38 OCCUPATION: Environmental engineer (specializing in municipal infrastructure). Candidate for: City of St. Augustine Comm – Seat 5 CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Augustine PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: None COMMUNITY SERVICE: 2014 & Beyond Visioning Steering Committee, City of St. Augustine; Planning and Zoning Board, past chair; Entrance Corridor Committee, past member; Ancient City […]

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Bio: Edward George

EDWARD GEORGE AGE: 51 OCCUPATION: Metallurgical and materials science engineer Candidate for: Anastasia Mosq Control Dist. – Seat 4 PARTY AFFILIATION: Nonpartisan selection CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Augustine Beach PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: Commissioner/Mayor, St. Augustine Beach COMMUNITY SERVICE: Big Brother, five years; Steering Committee First Coast Technical College welding program, 10 years; Learn to Read […]

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Bio: Margaret England

MARGARET ENGLAND AGE: 64 OCCUPATION: Mortgage Banking. Candidate for:City of St. Aug. Beach Comm. – Group 4 PARTY AFFILIATION: Nonpartisan election CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Augustine Beach PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: None COMMUNITY SERVICE: St. Augustine Beach Planning and Zoning, vice-chair QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE: I have been honored to serve St. Augustine Beach on its Planning […]

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Bio: Bruce A Maguire

BRUCE MAGUIRE AGE: 66 OCCUPATION: Retired Air Force Officer (Command Pilot) Candidate for: Airport Authority Group 3 PARTY AFFILIATION: Nonpartisan election CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Augustine PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: St. Johns County Commission, District 4 COMMUNITY SERVICE: Salvation Army Advisory Board, 1995-present; Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow (three times); Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) life […]

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Bio: Suzanne W Green

SUZANNE W. GREEN AGE: 54 OCCUPATION: Attorney at Law Candidate for: Airport Authority Group 1 PARTY AFFILIATION: Nonpartisan election CITY OF RESIDENCE: Ponte Vedra Beach PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: Airport Authority Board Member 2000-08. Chairman for several of those years. COMMUNITY SERVICE: St. Johns County Legal Aid, Habitat for Humanity, SCOPE program with the Florida Bar […]

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Bio: Merrill Paul Roland

MERRILL PAUL ROLAND AGE: 60 OCCUPATION: Retired, former radio/TV announcer/D.J. for Merv Griffin Enterprises. Past president, cellular phone/two-way radio business; gemologist/jeweler; licensed tour guide. County Commission – Dist 4 PARTY AFFILIATION: No party affiliation. CITY OF RESIDENCE: St. Johns County. PREVIOUS ELECTED POSITIONS: Republican Executive Committeeman. COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteer for Access Now-Disability Advocate, Betty Griffin […]

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Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes

Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes Leonard Pellicer St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I first became acquainted with Nancy Shaver through letters to the editor she wrote to shed light on several issues being debated in our city. I was struck by her exhaustive research, together with her straightforward, objective reporting of the facts. Her […]

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TOUCH St Augustine Art Garden Groundbreaking

The St. Augustine Art Association reported to Historic City News this week that they recently broke ground for the new TOUCH St. Augustine Art Garden at the Art Center on Marine Street. Art Association President Diane Bradley and Board Members, along with Vice Mayor Sikes-Kline and City Manager John Regan turned shovels of dirt where […]

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Spooks rise to haunt Anastasia State Park for hayride

Brittany McDermott informed local Historic City News reporters that on Saturday night, October 25th, Anastasia State Park will be transformed into a frightful and fun enchanted forest; complete with an old-fashioned haunted hayride down one of the camping loops. Countless spooks have been resurrected from their tombs and the State Park promises you will encounter […]

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Local Cultural Council hires Jacksonville consultant

The St. Johns Cultural Council has announced that they have retained the services of Smith Creative Consulting, LLC, in Jacksonville, and appointed its founder, Jeffrey A Smith, as their Director of Strategic Partnerships. In June of this year, Smith registered his consulting company with the Division of Corporations; capitalizing on his experience as a non-profit […]

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Pirate Escapades at St. Francis House

Judy Dembowski, the Executive Director of St. Francis House, reported to Historic City News that St. Johns County Assistant County Administrator, Jerry Cameron, has been gathering treasures for the emergency shelter in St Augustine. In the spirit of goodwill, several local benevolent pirates have volunteered to ask their friends and associates to help with this […]

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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. I-95 at the Duval County line Nighttime lane closures from 7 […]

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Monday is first day of early voting

Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes reminds all Historic City News readers that early voting begins Monday for the November 4th General Election in St. Johns County. Early voting begins Monday October 20th and will be conducted for 13 consecutive days (including weekends) through Saturday, November 1st. Hours are 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily at […]

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FOSAA Celebrity Guitar Raffle & Auction

2nd Annual FOSAA Celebrity Guitar Raffle and Auction Saturday, October 25, 2014 For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website. © 2014, HISTORIC CITY NEWS. All rights reserved.

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Guest column: Gardner sees change in 2014

Guest column: Gardner sees change in 2014 By GEORGE GARDNER St Augustine, Fl Special to Historic City News As a former mayor and commissioner this is the first year since I left office six years ago that I’ve endorsed city candidates, because it’s the first year there’s been real opportunity for change and progress. For […]

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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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