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Apr 16

MARK SAMSON

MARK SAMSON

Historic City News was notified this morning by St Augustine Police Public Information Officer Mark Samson of the following police calls that have been responded to by the department since last weekend.

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.

The original public records are on file with the St. Augustine Police Department and should be consulted before taking any action.

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Apr 16

BRUCE A MAGUIRE

BRUCE A MAGUIRE

Letter: Update on King Street repairs

Bruce A. Maguire
St Augustine, FL

Dear Editor:

Tuesday afternoon, Jessica Clark interviewed me from First Coast News inquiring about the status of road and sidewalk repairs included in the King Street project.

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Apr 16

Todd Snider Show

Posted in St Johns County News          

Todd Snider
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For a complete list of events go to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website.

Apr 15

300-SAPD-CAR-HCNHistoric City News was informed that St Augustine Police have arrested three men involved in an armed robbery that took place in the area of South Whitney and Madeore Streets.  The crime occurred a few minutes before midnight yesterday.  No injuries were reported during the robbery or subsequent arrest.

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Apr 14
BRYAN B WRIGLEY

BRYAN B WRIGLEY

Historic City News reported in April 2011, that a 23-year-old University of St Augustine student, Bryan B Wrigley, had been killed in a hit-and-run crash as he was riding his bicycle along West King Street. He will be remembered during an annual bike parade, held in his honor, on Monday April 14th, 5:30 p.m.; leaving from the parking lot of Rita’s Ice at St Augustine Beach.

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Apr 14

SHAWN P HIESTER

SHAWN P HIESTER

Shawn and Kathy Hiester are continuing their search for a location to house an 8,000 square-foot marine aquarium; even though neither one of them has ever operated such an attraction, nor, as reported by Historic City News this weekend, have they been received with open arms by members of the Lincolnville community.

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Apr 14

400-POT-BELLY-LOGOJuly 25, 1986 will be remembered by Historic City News readers as the date that a St Augustine landmark was born; or, reborn, so to speak. In a building once used as a grocery store (Snyder’s) and later a farm and garden supply store (St Johns Farmers Supply) located on Granada Street, Kenny Pearson introduced the city to “Pot Belly’s Cinema Plus Deli and Pub”.

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Apr 14

TDC Meeting – Cancelled

Posted in St Johns County News          

MEETING CANCELLED

Tourist Development Council Regular Meeting
Monday, April 21, 2014

The Tourist Development Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Apr 12

400-7-ELEVEN-MAY-SAN-MARCODespite months of picketing, demonstrations, and protests in opposition of the vacant commercial property located at the intersection of May Street and San Marco Avenue, becoming the site of a 7-Eleven convenience store with 12 gasoline pumps, Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., Historic City News confirmed that the property has been sold.

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Apr 12

400-LINCOLNVILLE-GALIMORE-VSomebody can call the time-of-death on the latest Riberia Point project that has failed in the court of public opinion. And, after last week’s town hall style public workshop held at the Willie Galimore Community Center, it seems clear that if the City proposes any plan that introduces, or increases, commercial traffic at the south end of the Lincolnville residential community, it is going to bring with it heated, vocal opposition.

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Apr 12

Darius Rucker Concert

Posted in St Johns County News          

Darius Rucker
with Eli Young Band & Corey Smith
Saturday, April 19, 2014

For a complete list of events go to the Amphitheatre website.

Apr 11

398 TAXES VS SPENDINGThursday night, April 10th, during a somewhat contentious meeting of the Republican Party in St Johns County, Chairman Sean Mulhall held a discussion on a motion to adopt a resolution of the Executive Committee supporting lower taxation and economic freedom.

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Apr 11

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONLaurie 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.

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Apr 11

HANNAH BLEAU

HANNAH BLEAU

Why is the “gender wage gap” perpetuated by politicians and media?

By Hannah Bleau
Special to Historic City News

Have women achieved ultimate equality, or are we still subjects of a patriarchal society? Are we living in a man’s world?

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Apr 11

St. Johns County Offices Closed

Apr 10

YMCA Youth in Government

Posted in Community           Comments

400-2014-YIG-Assembly8Students from many area schools – Florida’s First Coast Delegation- participate in the YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) and Junior Youth in Government (JYIG) programs. This year, twenty-seven students practiced techniques to learn to “debate ideas not people” where “the partisan divide exists only between the engaged and the apathetic”.

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Apr 10

DAN ABEL

DAN ABEL

Letter: Is an increase in County’s credit rating – a good thing?

Dan Abel
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Dear Editor and Historic City News readers:

As a Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Counselor, I talk with clients everyday about their budgets. We talk about balancing their income verses their spending, and setting the extra income aside – investing for the future.

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Apr 10

AGENDA
Meeting of the St. Johns County
PLANNING AND ZONING AGENCY
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Please be advised that the regularly scheduled public meeting of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the County Auditorium at the St. Johns County Administrative Complex located at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida. Click for Map. Applicants are hereby advised that failure to appear may result in the delay or denial of their application.

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Apr 10

400-Gratitude-GrillTomorrow, Patrician Price informed local Historic City News reporters that all volunteers at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve’s new Fish Habitat Project will earn a complimentary meal courtesy of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Gratitude Grille food truck.

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Apr 10

RANDY COVINGTON

RANDY COVINGTON

Letter: Developers should not control concurrency

Randy Covington
St Johns, FL

Dear Editor:

Next Tuesday, the St Johns County Commission will take up a very significant change to county land development concurrency. The proposed change is highly detailed and very technical. It was developed by a committee, composed mostly of developer representatives, working over the last 14 months in what many feel is an attempt to quickly ram through a bailout for developers and transfer their obligations for road and school improvements to the tax-payers.

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Apr 10

400-GUNSA search warrant was obtained and was executed at the decedent’s residence in the shooting death of Abbott Scott Bennett; the results of which were reported to Historic City News this morning by St Johns County Sheriff’s Media Relations Officer, Kevin Kelshaw.

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Apr 10

HEATHER FITZENHAGEN

HEATHER FITZENHAGEN

Friday vote will decide future for Florida gun Bills

Historic City News learned that the bill allowing gun owners to pack their weapons when fleeing a hurricane or other emergency is moving swiftly in the Florida Legislature. Yesterday, Florida Current reporter Bill Cotterell caught Representative Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen as she explained her bill that would permit citizens to carry their guns with them during state-ordered emergency evacuations.

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Apr 10

Goo Goo Dolls Concert

Posted in St Johns County News          

Goo Goo Dolls
Thursday, April 17, 2014

For a complete list of events go to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website.

Apr 10

NOTICE OF MEETING
OF THE
ST. JOHN’S COUNTY INSURANCE COMMITTEE
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Johns County Insurance Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Training Room, 4455 Avenue A, # 101, St. Augustine, FL  32095

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Apr 10

2014 Annual Reverse Trade Show

Posted in Business          

KRIS COLLORA

KRIS COLLORA

Kris Collora, president of the North Florida Procurement Association and a purchasing specialist for Flagler County, invites Historic City News readers who would like to sell their products or services to cities, counties, school boards, institutions of higher learning and special districts, to attend the upcoming 2014 Annual Reverse Trade Show.

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Apr 09

300-LGBTQ-FLAGDawson Roebig has announced that on Saturday, April 12, there will be a positive and non-partisan gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community in the Plaza de la Constitution; seeking to raise awareness about various social and legal issues.

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Apr 09

300-justice-statueAn order received by Historic City News, dated April 8th, confirmed that two St Johns County deputy sheriffs, Sergeant Brian Canova and Detective Thomas Marmo, failed to convince the US Court of Appeals, to overturn the judgment of the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida in a lawsuit brought against them by a St Johns County attorney and her client.

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Apr 09

400-BLUE-LIGHTS-PATROL-CARHistoric City News received word from Commander Charles E. Mulligan this morning that when four St Johns County deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 8300 block of Colee Cove Road around 10:30 p.m. last night, they were met by a woman outside of her residence who reported that she was the victim of abuse.

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Apr 09

NOTICE OF A ST. JOHNS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
INVITE TO AN EVENT
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Johns County Commissioners have been invited to attend the launch of the Republic Services and Council on Aging new partnership in support of the Ponte Vedra Community Senior Center on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at The Players Ponte Vedra Community Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.

It is anticipated that one or more St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners may attend and participate at this event.

NOTICE TO PERSONS NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS AND TO ALL HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS:  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceedings should contact ADA Coordinator, at (904) 209-0650 at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084.  For hearing impaired individuals: Florida Relay Service: 1-800-955-8770.

Apr 08

JAMES D FISK

JAMES D FISK

Letter: Glorify the French – Vilify the Spanish

James Dean Fiske
Palm Coast, FL

Dear Editor:

I’m very glad I only had to pay for gas to attend the “Timucuan and Europeans in 16th Century Florida” held in the Flagler Room of the Ponce de Leon Hotel and presented by Jonathan de Coster, an assistant professor at Otterbei .

This should have been titled “Professor to glorify the French involvement with the Timucua and vilify the Spanish”.

First, he spent much time showing us shots of the outside of buildings he visited for his research and the rooms for microfiche reading. It would have made a great tourism PowerPoint program.

He did his best to tell a tale of how wonderful the French were at Fort Caroline and how they were so revered by the Timucua. Then, he decided it was time to let everyone know how the Spanish suddenly became a murderous band of people who did nothing but slaughter and enslave everyone.

Anyone ever heard of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre? Guess where it took place? It just so happens to have taken place in France, by the French Protestants and the Catholics. Several thousand people were killed. Funny thing. You never hear about that. Oddly enough, that took place around the same time that Pedro Menendez had to make a momentous decision about the shipwrecked Huguenots. He couldn’t let them go, there were too many. He didn’t have provisions to feed them. The only other choice at that time was to do what he did.

I guess the professor forgot about how the French set up so many missions to work with the natives (and of course convert to their religion). Oh, that’s right, they didn’t.
One major problem there, professor. The Spanish did that. The French were too busy trying to decide which chief to screw over.

He finished off by his inability to give a direct answer to any of the questions from the audience.

I don’t have the cute little letters behind my name like this guy, so I’m not an authority by any means. But, I’ve done enough research myself to know when someone is merely throwing stuff together that sounds good to himself to sell a book.