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Archive for December, 2011

Eco-friendly Nights of Lights tours are bargain

December 31, 2011 | By More
Eco-friendly Nights of Lights tours are bargain

After dinner last night, my wife and I decided that we would spend some time touring the many light displays that are staged around St Augustine.

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Sisters of St Joseph open spiritual renewal center

December 31, 2011 | By More
Sisters of St Joseph open spiritual renewal center

Sisters of St Joseph of St Augustine superior, Sister Jane Stoecker, informed local Historic City News reporters that the 145 year-old order has opened the doors to Villa Flora and Brown Hall for private individual and group retreats.

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FDOT road repairs and maintenance report

December 30, 2011 | By More
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.

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St Augustine holiday weekend entertainment

December 30, 2011 | By More
St Augustine holiday weekend entertainment

What will you and your family do for entertainment in St Augustine and St Johns County this holiday weekend?

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Be safe and legal with New Years fireworks

December 30, 2011 | By More
Be safe and legal with New Years fireworks

Fire Rescue Chief Carl Shank told Historic City News reporters in St Augustine that he wishes all St Johns County residents a safe and Happy New Year — although he issued a word of caution to those who are considering fireworks as part of their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Economic development for Florida in 2012

December 30, 2011 | By More
Economic development for Florida in 2012

When Florida’s Governor Rick Scott came through St Augustine and Palm Coast earlier this year, he spoke to area business leaders and elected officials about his agenda — calling for the merger of major agencies, streamlined rules and regulations, and more money for incentives to attract companies to move to Florida.

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Celebrate New Years in St Augustine

December 29, 2011 | By More
Celebrate New Years in St Augustine

For the 447th consecutive year, St. Augustinians will celebrate the passing of the old and the arrival of the New Year.

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Fifth annual Christmas tree recycling event

December 29, 2011 | By More
Fifth annual Christmas tree recycling event

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon reported to Historic City News that this year, city residents would be able to recycle their Christmas tree and receive a free three-gallon evergreen tree in exchange.

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New Year reorganization for Sheriffs Office

December 29, 2011 | By More
New Year reorganization for Sheriffs Office

The New Year is always an exciting time. On New Year’s Eve, we celebrate either to put a not-so-good year to rest or to count our blessings for a good year now passing.

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Fugitive narrowly escapes capture

December 29, 2011 | By More
Fugitive narrowly escapes capture

Sheriff David B Shoar reported to Historic City News today that deputies, acting on a tip, located and identified a 31 year-old St Johns County fugitive who is wanted for multiple felony charges as well as an outstanding warrant alleging aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

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Private recycling services now available locally

December 29, 2011 | By More
Private recycling services now available locally

These days, it’s hip to be green. For the average person, recycling is the easiest and most popular way to care for the planet we call home, but even this simple task can be made difficult by the lack of services in certain areas of St Augustine and St Johns County.

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Last Castillo fee increase was seven years ago

December 29, 2011 | By More
Last Castillo fee increase was seven years ago

Lindsey Phillips informed local Historic City News reporters that the adult admission fee at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument would increase from $6.00 to $7.00 effective January 1, 2012.

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St Augustine K-mart one of 100 to be closed

December 29, 2011 | By More
St Augustine K-mart one of 100 to be closed

Historic City News has learned from a report released earlier today by Sears Holdings Corp, that the K-mart located in Seabridge Square at 1777 US-1 South in St Augustine, is one of an estimated 100 to 120 Sears and K-mart stores that it plans to close.

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Elijah Hoke Smith, Jr.

December 29, 2011 | By More
Elijah Hoke Smith, Jr.

St Johns County resident, Hoke Smith, passed away at the age of 68 from injuries sustained in a helicopter accident in Clay County on December 26, 2011.

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Old Town Art Show

December 28, 2011 | By More
Old Town Art Show

One more day to enjoy the work of dozens of skilled artisans exhibiting their work during the Old Town Art & Craft Show going on now in Francis Field across from the Historic Downtown Parking Facility at the Visitor Information Center in St Augustine.

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Historic Weapons Week through January 1

December 28, 2011 | By More
Historic Weapons Week through January 1

US Park Ranger Jeffrey Edel, Supervisor of Historic Weapons at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, reported to Historic City News that the week between Christmas and New Years’ Day has historically been the busiest of the year with attendance usually between 4000 and 6000 per day.

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Tuesday is last day to register or change party

December 28, 2011 | By More
Tuesday is last day to register or change party

St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes announced to Historic City News reporters from her office in St Augustine that Tuesday, January 3, 2012, will be the last day to register to vote or to change your party affiliation before the January 31st Presidential Preference Primary Election.

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Tarzan’s sidekick chimp “Cheetah” dead at 80

December 28, 2011 | By More
Tarzan’s sidekick chimp “Cheetah” dead at 80

Outreach director Debbie Cobb reported to Historic City News that Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor lost one of its most famous family members over the holiday weekend — 80 year-old Cheetah; the chimp who starred in the 1930’s Tarzan films.

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Fort staff welcomes new park guide

December 28, 2011 | By More
Fort staff welcomes new park guide

In the most recent issue of “Castillogram”, U. S. Park Ranger Jeffrey Edel, reports to Historic City News that the Interpretive Division at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St Augustine, has hired a new part-time Park Guide.

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New Businesses through 12/25/2011

December 28, 2011 | By More
New Businesses through 12/25/2011

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. Johns County Tax Collector and should be consulted before taking any action.

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St Augustine pilot killed in morning crash

December 26, 2011 | By More
St Augustine pilot killed in morning crash

St Augustine pilot Hoke Smith and his two passengers, a heart surgeon and a transplant technician from Mayo Clinic, were killed early this morning when the helicopter they were flying crashed into the woods in southern Clay County.

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Cameron recommends $24.5 million contract

December 26, 2011 | By More
Cameron recommends $24.5 million contract

Last week, Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron recommended to St Johns County commissioners a $24.5 million contract for the purchase and installation of the much-ballyhooed 800 MHz radio system that was approved by the Board at their December 6 meeting.

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Sidewalks part of safety improvement project

December 26, 2011 | By More
Sidewalks part of safety improvement project

As part of a $1.4 million safety improvement project at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St Augustine, sidewalks along Castillo Drive are being widened and resurfaced in preparation for the historic city’s spring vacationers.

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Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/25/2011

December 26, 2011 | By More
Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/25/2011

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. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action.

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Final Judgments through 12/25/2011

December 26, 2011 | By More
Final Judgments through 12/25/2011

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. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action.

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Shapiro: Amendment 7 re-write still deceptive

December 23, 2011 | By More
Shapiro: Amendment 7 re-write still deceptive

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro of First Congregation Sons of Israel in St Augustine told Historic City News that he is not happy with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s announced rewrite of proposed Amendment 7 — scheduled for the November ballot.

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New Businesses through 12/18/2011

December 23, 2011 | By More
New Businesses through 12/18/2011

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. Johns County Tax Collector and should be consulted before taking any action.

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Covering politics with speed and depth in the twitter age

December 23, 2011 | By More
Covering politics with speed and depth in the twitter age

Flagler College announced to local Historic City News reporters that the Forum on Government and Public Policy would host Michael Tackett, political editor for the government team at Bloomberg News, on January 17th in St Augustine.

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Letter: Deagan dig is not oldest church in nation

December 23, 2011 | By More
Letter: Deagan dig is not oldest church in nation

Letter: Deagan dig is not oldest church in nation Hayden Bassett Charlottesville, Virginia Dear Editor: You need to revise “Digging up the oldest church in the nation.” (December 17, 2011).

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Spanish Quarter Museum reopens for one week

December 22, 2011 | By More
Spanish Quarter Museum reopens for one week

Catherine Culver announced to local reporters at Historic City News that beginning Monday, December 26, through Saturday, December 31, the Colonial Spanish Quarter will reopen, for one week only, with two special programs running concurrently.

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