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Archive for July, 2009

Manuel case restores faith in the system

July 31, 2009 | By | Comments More
Manuel case restores faith in the system

I interviewed St. Johns County Sheriff David B. Shoar for Historic City News this afternoon to talk about his impressions of the Manuel hearing today.

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Guilty: Manuel admits he demanded bribes

July 31, 2009 | By | Comments More
Guilty: Manuel admits he demanded bribes

“If you want to do business in this county, this is what you have to do …..” Historic City News has learned that this, in paraphrasing FBI testimony and the admission of former County Commissioner Tom Manuel, was the demand made to government informants in exchange for bribes.

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Pedro Menendez’s landing to be reenacted

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Pedro Menendez’s landing to be reenacted

Jay Humphreys notified Historic City News that on September 3rd through 5th, St. Augustine will celebrate its 444th birthday with three full days of special events and activities.

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New hours at Upchurch Neighborhood Park

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New hours at Upchurch Neighborhood Park

Cathy Dupont reported to Historic City News that effective Saturday, August 1, the Hamilton Upchurch Neighborhood Park will be open from 10:00am until dusk each day, a change from the previous hours of dawn to dusk.

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Tom Manuel will change not-guilty plea

July 31, 2009 | By | Comments More
Tom Manuel will change not-guilty plea

According to his court docket, Historic City News has learned that Thomas G. Manuel, who was suspended by the Governor from his office as St. Johns County Commission Chairman, is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea to bribery charges this morning.

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Editorial: The History of Complacency

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Editorial: The History of Complacency

As I look around today at the temperament of society I find myself very disappointed and I shake my head and wonder how so many Americans became so complacent.

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Smithsonian meeting at Fort Mose a success

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Smithsonian meeting at Fort Mose a success

Derek Boyd Hankerson reported to Historic City News on the success of the event that was held yesterday at Fort Mose with the Directors of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

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Scheduled Water Outage August 4

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Scheduled Water Outage August 4

The City of St. Augustine will be making repairs to the water main in Lincolnville on Blanco Street which will affect the water supply for the surrounding areas.

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Stevenson discusses the proposed budget

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Stevenson discusses the proposed budget

I like to discuss opinions and perspectives with our elected leaders — especially at budget time. County Commission Chairman Cyndi Stevenson forwarded some of her observations about this year’s budget along for me to consider.

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Victory III cruise among weekend activities

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Victory III cruise among weekend activities

Communications Director Jay Humphreys with the St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau updated Historic City News on this weekend’s entertainment events.

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No texting while driving, Representative says

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
No texting while driving, Representative says

A push for legislation to place restrictions on drivers’ cell phone use has begun in Florida in the wake of a highly publicized report read by Historic City News that calls attention to the dangers of driving while talking or texting.

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Princeton Review ranks Flagler among the best

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Princeton Review ranks Flagler among the best

Historic City News has learned that Flagler College is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

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Women’s Republican Club hosts Wanchick

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Women’s Republican Club hosts Wanchick

Cindy Fraher, President of the Women’s Republican Club of St. John’s County and Corresponding Secretary of the Florida Women’s Political Network, reported to Historic City News that they will host the St. Johns County Administrator in August.

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Cultural Events July 30 – August 6

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Cultural Events July 30 – August 6

Please call ahead, as changing weather conditions may affect some events.

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Historic City Memories – Captain Jack’s

July 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Historic City Memories – Captain Jack’s

THE ROUND TABLE When St. Augustine Ceased Being a Small Town Geoff Dobson

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Review: Collage on Hypolita Street

July 29, 2009 | By | Comments More
Review: Collage on Hypolita Street

On a recent Wednesday evening my wife and I took a stroll through the Spanish inspired village of historic St. Augustine, Florida.

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New Businesses through 07/26/2009

July 29, 2009 | By | Comments More
New Businesses through 07/26/2009

Begin Business Date: 07/20/2009 End Business Date: 07/26/2009 From the records of DENNIS W. HOLLINGSWORTH

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New additions to Flagler faculty this fall

July 29, 2009 | By | Comments More
New additions to Flagler faculty this fall

Director of Public Information Brian Thompson reported to Historic City News that Flagler College has hired eight new faculty members who will begin this fall.

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State pays Flagler family to keep farm land

July 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
State pays Flagler family to keep farm land

Historic City News learned that Flagler County ranchers Gene and Marilyn Evans farm-raise sturgeon; a fish that produces pure white steak meat and a rare caviar. And now, the state is giving the couple money to keep it that way.

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Helping homeless – 4 houses at a time

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Helping homeless – 4 houses at a time

Weak economy or not, Historic City News has learned that good homes are being built – in fact four will be dedicated along Smith Street in West Augustine Thursday, August 6, at noon.

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Sharing the load to cover the budget deficit

July 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Sharing the load to cover the budget deficit

City commissioners agreed Monday in a special commission workshop to spread coverage of an anticipated $1.38 million deficit in next year’s budget with increases in tax millage, fire assessment fees, and electric utility taxes according to a report received by Historic City News.

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City gives OK to first downtown style change

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City gives OK to first downtown style change

Historic City News watched as more varied architectural styles south of King Street were approved — however, style in the historic core remains uncertain after hearing 1 1/2 hours of public comments before the city commission last night.

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Hill hosts Smithsonian directors at Fort Mose

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Hill hosts Smithsonian directors at Fort Mose

In a report from Derek Boyd Hankerson, Historic City News learned that State Senator Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville) will be hosting an event with the Directors of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture at Fort Mose from 2:30-4:00p.m.

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Three arrested in BoA bank robbery

July 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Three arrested in BoA bank robbery

Historic City News learned last night that three Duval County men are in custody today following a bank robbery at a St. Johns County bank yesterday morning.

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Marriage Licenses through 07/26/2009

July 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Marriage Licenses through 07/26/2009

From the records of Cheryl Strickland St. Johns County Clerk of Court

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Another St. Johns County bank robbery

July 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Another St. Johns County bank robbery

Historic City News received word from Sgt. Charles Mulligan that the Sheriff’s Office is working a bank robbery that occurred this morning at the Bank of America location at Wildwood Drive and US 1 South.

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Unification of law enforcement

July 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Unification of law enforcement

In an editorial that I read in the Gainesville Sun yesterday, the paper asked the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners some tough questions. Questions that – given our current budget situation – should be asked locally.

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Burke recognized for magazine article

July 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Burke recognized for magazine article

Historic City News has learned that LAMP archaeologist Brendan Burke just published an article in the July/August 2009 International Ocean Systems Magazine, “the Magazine for Ocean Professionals” (volume 13, number 4).

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Storm water pollution prevention program

July 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Storm water pollution prevention program

The City of St. Augustine is taking considerable steps to reduce the amount of pollution that is carried from the storm water system to the local rivers and ocean according to a report received by Historic City News.

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Busy meeting for City Commissioners Monday

July 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Busy meeting for City Commissioners Monday

Historic City News has learned that Monday’s City Commission meeting will open with a public hearing on architectural style in the historic district and close with commissioners discussing a proposed building at St. George Street and Cathedral Place that ignited the style debate.

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