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Archive for August, 2009

A word or two about the city fire fee

August 31, 2009 | By | Comments More
A word or two about the city fire fee

I’ve taken the last week to sort out my feelings about the response of the St. Augustine City Commission in unanimously voting August 24th to raise the city’s fire assessment fee.

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Guest column: Canadian Freedom

August 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Guest column: Canadian Freedom

As a Floridian, Canada offers freedom from the heat of summer during this time of year, and was the ideal location to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. While vacationing in a vast change of scenery and climate, we were compelled to visit historic sites of freedom as well, including the actual site of the suspension […]

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Two Hastings teens arrested in murder case

August 30, 2009 | By | Comments More
Two Hastings teens arrested in murder case

Following up on a story that appeared in Historic City News yesterday, two Hastings teenagers have been arrested in connection with the homicide of a 28-year old man whose body was discovered Saturday evening.

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Italy’s DONNAVVENTURA visits St. Augustine

August 29, 2009 | By | Comments More
Italy’s DONNAVVENTURA visits St. Augustine

Barbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, reported to Historic City News that St. Augustine will be visited by one of Italy’s most popular television shows this weekend.

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Body found in shallow grave in Hastings

August 29, 2009 | By | Comments More
Body found in shallow grave in Hastings

Kevin Kelshaw reported to Historic City News that detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Robbery Homicide Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a wooded area this morning.

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Native Americans focus of 444th birthday events

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Native Americans focus of 444th birthday events

Historic City News has learned that on September 3-5, St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city, will celebrate its 444th birthday with three full days of special events and activities.

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O’Hara speaker at National Scenic Byways event

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
O’Hara speaker at National Scenic Byways event

Sallie O’Hara, Administrator of the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, reported to Historic City News that she was recently a guest speaker at the National Scenic Byways Conference in Denver.

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Martinez replacement to be named today

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Martinez replacement to be named today

Governor Charlie Crist will announce the individual he intends to appoint to the United States Senate upon the official resignation of Senator Mel Martinez in a press conference today, Friday, August 28, 2009.

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Red flag advisories this weekend

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Red flag advisories this weekend

Karen Pan reported to Historic City News that for the second weekend in a row, St. Johns County beaches will have high tides, extreme surfs and strong rip currents, this time due to Tropical Storm Danny in the Atlantic.

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Grants funding panel to hold special meeting

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Grants funding panel to hold special meeting

Jay Humphreys, Communications Director with the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau reported to Historic City News that the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council’s Category II Arts/Grants Funding panel will hold a special meeting.

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Editorial: Spending our way out of debt

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Editorial: Spending our way out of debt

Spending our way out of debt…….Isn’t that an oxymoron?

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Evans found dead after winning acquittal

August 28, 2009 | By | Comments More
Evans found dead after winning acquittal

William Telano Evans, 57, the St. Augustine man accused of sexual misconduct, left the courthouse yesterday during a recess and did not return, according to a report received by Historic City News from SJSO Sgt. Charles Mulligan.

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Haitian Ambassador to visit city

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Haitian Ambassador to visit city

Raymond Joseph, the Haitian Ambassador to the United States, will visit St. Augustine to increase awareness of General Jorge Biassou, a Spanish officer who lived in the city from 1796 until his death in 1801.

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New Businesses through 08/23/2009

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
New Businesses through 08/23/2009

Begin Business Date: 08/17/2009 End Business Date: 08/23/2009 From the records of DENNIS W. HOLLINGSWORTH

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National library card sign-up month

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
National library card sign-up month

Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson reported to Historic City News that the St. Johns County Public Library System is celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month to ensure all residents of St. Johns County have the smartest card of all – a library card.

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Cultural Events August 27 – September 23

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Cultural Events August 27 – September 23

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

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Uptown Saturday Night this weekend

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Uptown Saturday Night this weekend

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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Heroes Celebration Luncheon tomorrow

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments More
Heroes Celebration Luncheon tomorrow

Kyle Rouse reported to Historic City News that the American Red Cross is sponsoring a Heroes Celebration Luncheon featuring Jeff Kottkamp, Lt. Governor of Florida.

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Congratulations and best of luck to Liz

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Congratulations and best of luck to Liz

Always a friend to Historic City News, we wanted to recognize Flagler College Media Specialist Elizabeth Allison Daube who is leaving Flagler College to attend Boston University’s School of Social Work.

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Frank Gaspar to speak at Flagler

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Frank Gaspar to speak at Flagler

Flagler College’s Writers-in-Residence program will present author Frank X. Gaspar on Oct. 6th at 5:00 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater according to an announcement received by Historic City News today.

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Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

Priscilla Proctor, Coordinator of Public and College Relations, reported to Historic City News that filmmaker Helen Whitney will show her documentary, “Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light,” and host a discussion at Flagler College.

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Changes to polling places

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Changes to polling places

Penny Halyburton, St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections, announced to Historic City News that there will be several polling place changes.

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Vote by mail with absentee ballot

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Vote by mail with absentee ballot

The Supervisor of Elections Office reported to Historic City News that the Special Republican Primary Election for Senate District 8 will be held September 15th.

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Historic City Memories: Cat and Mouse Game

August 26, 2009 | By | Comments More
Historic City Memories: Cat and Mouse Game

This is another installment in a series of articles that Historic City News has been fortunate to receive permission to publish; taken from a collection of nostalgic memories recorded by Geoffrey B. Dobson.

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Another week forbearance for The Record publisher

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
Another week forbearance for The Record publisher

Morris Publishing Group, LLC announced Friday that it has obtained an extension until August 28, 2009 to make two semi-annual interest payments of $9.7 million on its senior subordinated notes originally due Feb. 1, 2009 and August 3, 2009.

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New TDC board appointed in special meeting

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
New TDC board appointed in special meeting

Historic City News watched as the St. Johns County Commission discussed thirty-four persons who had submitted their names to fill nine vacancies on the Tourist Development Council’s board of directors during a special meeting that began at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Tree committee gains greater role

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
Tree committee gains greater role

Four citizen members of the city’s Street Tree Advisory Committee (STAC) successfully made their case Monday for greater recognition, more frequent meetings, and less city staff on the board.

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Artist suit settled

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
Artist suit settled

Historic City News learned last night that a settlement has been reached with four Plaza artists who successfully got a temporary injunction against the city in federal court.

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Vending ordinances face hearing

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
Vending ordinances face hearing

Artists, including some who were plaintiffs successful in obtaining an injunction in a recent lawsuit against the city, voiced their objections to a new vendor ordinance before the commission – but this time, they were unsuccessful.

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Search on for two convenience store burglars

August 25, 2009 | By | Comments More
Search on for two convenience store burglars

Historic City News has learned that the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity and whereabouts of two men in connection with a burglary of a BP Gas Station off C.R. 210 West that occurred nearly three weeks ago.

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