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Archive for December, 2012

St Augustine St Johns Topics in the News

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
St Augustine St Johns Topics in the News

By no particular criteria and in no particular order, the Historic City News Editorial Board selected three news articles from each of the past twelve months to give our readers a reminder of some of the topics that made the local news in 2012.

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Get out and enjoy the Nights of Lights

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Get out and enjoy the Nights of Lights

Our daughters and their husbands were in St Augustine this weekend, so my wife and I picked up our son and the seven of us decided to start a December tradition — we spent the evening together; enjoying dinner at Gypsy Cab and touring the Nights of Lights.

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County advances 2013 legislative agenda

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
County advances 2013 legislative agenda

A new year means a new legislative agenda for St Johns County government and reporters for Historic City News in St Augustine reviewed the 56-page presentation made to our Legislative Delegation by County Administrator, Michael Wanchick, earlier this month.

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Finder keeps secret of Marranos in community

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Finder keeps secret of Marranos in community

Historic City News readers know that thousands of Jews fled Spain during the mid-16th century to avoid the Spanish Inquisition; giving rise to speculation that some may have accompanied Pedro Menendez in 1565 — which would make St Augustine the first Jewish settlement in the New World.

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Freedom Road receives Visit Florida grant

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Freedom Road receives Visit Florida grant

Derek Boyd Hankerson, Freedom Road 1, LLC Managing Partner, announced to local Historic City News reporters that VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded the organization a Small Business Partner Marketing Grant for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.

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Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/30/2012

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/30/2012

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 12/30/2012

December 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Final Judgments through 12/30/2012

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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Alligator Farm wants happy neighbors

December 29, 2012 | By | Comments More
Alligator Farm wants happy neighbors

When St Augustine Alligator Farm goes to City Hall in January, they are hoping to avoid the drama experienced by the proposed 7-Eleven on San Marco Avenue, when the popular Anastasia Boulevard attraction asks for construction permits to develop about 11 acres of adjacent property.

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Research Reserve advances community education

December 28, 2012 | By | Comments More
Research Reserve advances community education

Education Coordinator Kenneth Rainer conducted a special presentation this morning for Historic City News and other members of the media to learn about the educational programs being offered at the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Auditions for Colonial Crew Revue

December 27, 2012 | By | Comments More
Auditions for Colonial Crew Revue

Historic City News has learned that, in two weeks, actors will be auditioned to perform in the newly renovated St Augustine Colonial Quarter, in a production to be called “The Colonial Crew Revue”.

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Lane and bridge closures at Crescent Beach

December 27, 2012 | By | Comments More
Lane and bridge closures at Crescent Beach

Historic City News readers crossing the Crescent Beach Bridge on SR-206 should expect lane closures, and even complete bridge closures, during an eight month long project of improvements beginning January 3.

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Submarine mistaken for shotgun

December 27, 2012 | By | Comments More
Submarine mistaken for shotgun

Historic City News learned that about an hour ago, Epic Theatre evacuated all auditoriums at 84 Theatre Drive in St Augustine while deputies with the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office conducted a weapons search after receiving a report that an unknown man had entered the theatre with a shotgun.

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Casting call for Spanish Torchlight Tours

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Casting call for Spanish Torchlight Tours

Period re-enactors are needed to interpret 1743 operations of the Spanish tower that stands guard over the Matanzas Inlet during an upcoming “Spanish Torchlight Tours” event planned for Saturday January 26, 2013 at the Fort Matanzas National Monument.

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Palm Coast man arrested for molestation

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Palm Coast man arrested for molestation

Saturday afternoon, 33-year-old Jason C Stockwell became the third man to be arrested for lewd and lascivious molestation in a wooded area of the Graham Swamp Preservation Area in Palm Coast; after the Sheriff’s Office publicized in October that they were instituting a proactive patrol program to prevent such crimes.

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Man on probation for robbery arrested again

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Man on probation for robbery arrested again

A woman attempting to enter her parked vehicle along the bayfront Christmas night was knocked to the ground and robbed of her purse by three ruffians who were captured by St Augustine police later last night.

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7th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Blast Off

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
7th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Blast Off

Historic City News readers are invited to Pier Park, located on A1A Beach Boulevard in St Augustine Beach, on Monday, December 31, 2012, when the City of St Augustine Beach presents its 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Blast Off.

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Old Town Art and Craft Show

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Old Town Art and Craft Show

Holiday Art Shows reported to Historic City News that this weekend’s Old Town Art and Craft Show event will be held outdoors at Francis Field located at 25 West Castillo Drive in Saint Augustine; Saturday and Sunday, December 29 – 30, 2012.

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Avoid I-95 is possible due to multiple crashes

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Avoid I-95 is possible due to multiple crashes

Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office, is asking Historic City News to avoid travel on I-95, if possible, while approximately 6 collisions, both north and southbound, are being cleared.

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Report reveals details in Christmas Eve crash

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Report reveals details in Christmas Eve crash

Additional information is available to Historic City News this morning concerning the Christmas Eve crash in Fullerwood Park that left the driver trapped inside his 2013 gray Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan until his was extracted using the “jaws of life”.

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Christmas crash claims lives of two local residents

December 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Christmas crash claims lives of two local residents

Yesterday was the last Christmas for St Augustine resident Trevor Austin Leonardi, who had just turned 25 less than two weeks before, and his wife, 28-year-old Jennifer Ann Roos-Leonardi; they were killed in a tragic Christmas evening crash on Anastasia Island.

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County Commission meeting cancelled

December 25, 2012 | By | Comments More
County Commission meeting cancelled

NOTICE OF CANCELED REGULAR MEETING OF THE ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS The regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners scheduled for Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. has been canceled.

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Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/23/2012

December 25, 2012 | By | Comments More
Marriage Licenses Applications – 12/23/2012

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 12/23/2012

December 25, 2012 | By | Comments More
Final Judgments through 12/23/2012

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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Driver trapped in North City crash with tree

December 24, 2012 | By | Comments More
Driver trapped in North City crash with tree

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. this morning, a yet unidentified man crashed into a cedar tree along East Park Avenue in St Augustine; resulting in severe damage to his late model Hyundai and forcing first responders to extricate him from the vehicle employing “the jaws of life”.

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Firefighters respond to St George Street alarm

December 23, 2012 | By | Comments More
Firefighters respond to St George Street alarm

A St Johns County Fire Rescue spokesman told Historic City News this morning that last night’s response to a report of smoke coming from inside a structure in the 100 block of St George Street was an example of being “safe not sorry” — even though no fire was located.

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Toast to the Fountain of Youth

December 23, 2012 | By | Comments More
Toast to the Fountain of Youth

Toast to the Fountain of Youth Travel Writer Ellen Creager On Sanchez Avenue, I discovered the Fountain of Youth. “We offer glycolic facial peels and skin resurfacing,” said Amanda Bradshaw, esthetician at St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth Skin and Laser Center, her skin looking dewy fresh.

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Motor City travel writer likes Historic City

December 23, 2012 | By | Comments More
Motor City travel writer likes Historic City

If you want to stop aging, you might want to live in beautiful St Augustine, according to an article that Historic City News reporters spotted in the Detroit Free Press this morning.

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St Johns County Administrator update

December 22, 2012 | By | Comments More
St Johns County Administrator update

St Johns County Administrator update Michael Wanchick This year was a busy one for the Board of County Commissioners and staff as new projects began, economic development increased, and we all worked to provide a superior level of service while continually maintaining a financially conservative approach to funding priorities and the County’s budget.

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Sheriff checking for illegal bath salts

December 22, 2012 | By | Comments More
Sheriff checking for illegal bath salts

Synthetic drugs, commonly called “bath salts,” “K2” or “Spice”, have been reclassified by an emergency rule that effectively outlaws the sale, manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to sell these substances; and, recently the Sheriff tells Historic City News that his office has begun compliance checks.

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Unemployment down – housing and hiring improve

December 21, 2012 | By | Comments More
Unemployment down – housing and hiring improve

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that in November, St Johns, Baker, Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties in northeast Florida continued to experience declines in unemployment while the area’s hiring and housing outlook remained bright.

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