St Augustine Aquarium may face competition


Historic City News has learned that, before it is even built, the dream of a public aquarium by owners Shawn and Kathy Hiester of Ponte Vedra Beach is reportedly facing competition from deep pockets in Downtown Jacksonville, near the Northbank site of the proposed Shipyards redevelopment.

Demolition permit for historic Dow Museum home delayed


St Augustine’s Historic Architectural Review Board, hamstrung by the resignation-under-fire of its chairman, and declared conflicts of interest by two other appointed members, this week made the decision to deny an application for a permit to demolish the 1905 Carpenter’s House; one of the Dow Museum of Historic Homes sold to Old Island Hotels, Inc.,…

Second annual Light Up the Night contest winners named


Old Town Trolley Tours, Mint Magazine, and WSOS Radio, announced to Historic City News the winners of the “Second Annual Light Up the Night Contest”, selected by a panel of government and hospitality industry leaders and the popular vote of guests who toured the city’s award-winning light displays aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley.

UPS could navigate St Augustine deliveries by drone

300-HORSEFLY-DRONEUnited Parcel Service, operator of the big brown delivery trucks in St Augustine, informed Historic City News today that one of their vendors may have come up with a solution for navigating the city’s tight, congested streets; providing much needed relief for our never-ending traffic dilemma.

Five-story hotels rejected by commission


Two five-story hotels, a proposed upgrade for the Quality Inn by owner Farid Ashdji to upgrade to a Hyatt Place, and, proposed new construction of the Ponce Hotel, Inc., by hotelier Kanti Patel, were rejected on first reading by the St Augustine City Commission tonight.