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Conflicts continue on “insider” citizen boards

November 23, 2014 | By More
Conflicts continue on “insider” citizen boards

After recusing himself from a conflict on the Historic Architectural Review Board Thursday, Jeremy Marquis presented plans for his former board chairman, Claude L. Weeks, Jr. and his wife, Kristina G. Weeks, to rebuild on the site of the demolished Don Pedro Fornells House, at 62 Spanish Street.

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Cafe Erotica meets wrecking ball Monday

November 21, 2014 | By More
Cafe Erotica meets wrecking ball Monday

St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure reported to Historic City News today that he followed the wishes of his constituents in District 3; pushing for a controversial landmark building to either be demolished, brought up to code, or rebuilt.

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Should the city allow private squatters?

November 20, 2014 | By More
Should the city allow private squatters?

Historic City News has been investigating an apparent encroachment on city-owned property at what is arguably the center of heritage tourism for millions of visitors every year.

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Charges against Weeks sustained $3600 fines

November 12, 2014 | By More
Charges against Weeks sustained $3600 fines

After two hours of deliberation and presentation of testimony before the Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board today, members were split on findings of responsibility and the amount of fines to be charged to former HARB chairman, Len Weeks, for his role leading to irreparable damage to one of only 30 remaining colonial structures.

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Leadership St Johns begins new class today

November 7, 2014 | By More
Leadership St Johns begins new class today

Today, at the Marywood Retreat and Conference Center, Historic City News was informed that the twenty-two participant 2015 class of “Leadership St. Johns” began an 8-month program designed to help them learn about St. Johns County through participation.

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Second Annual Light Up the Night! competition

November 6, 2014 | By More
Second Annual Light Up the Night! competition

For the second year, Historic City News has learned that Old Town Trolley Tours, Mint Magazine, and WSOS Radio, will jointly sponsor the “Light Up the Night Competition” in an effort to encourage even more participation from local businesses in lighting up the St. Augustine night, and to keep those lights on longer.

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Heritage Foundation economist addresses EDC breakfast

October 29, 2014 | By More
Heritage Foundation economist addresses EDC breakfast

At the St. Johns County Chamber Economic Development Council’s Quarterly breakfast on Friday, Stephen Moore, chief economist at The Heritage Institute, told Historic City News that he is critical of the pace of the Country’s economic recovery since the 2008 collapse. However, the Wall Street Journal’s former economic editor also expressed a bullish fiscal prognosis […]

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Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts will replace Holiday Isle

October 24, 2014 | By More
Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts will replace Holiday Isle

Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges, announced to Historic City News today its plans to open the company’s third Florida resort on St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

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Local Cultural Council hires Jacksonville consultant

October 18, 2014 | By More
Local Cultural Council hires Jacksonville consultant

The St. Johns Cultural Council has announced that they have retained the services of Smith Creative Consulting, LLC, in Jacksonville, and appointed its founder, Jeffrey A Smith, as their Director of Strategic Partnerships.

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Success story: Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops

October 16, 2014 | By More
Success story: Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops

St Augustine businessman, Stephen DiMare, is growing his company again. The popsicle maker is looking to grow its retail presence in general, as Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops prepares to open its fifth shop in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.

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Financing source seeking qualified multifamily operators

October 8, 2014 | By More
Financing source seeking qualified multifamily operators

Trillium Capital Resources (TCR) announced to Historic City News today the successful financing commitment of a $16.08 million multifamily Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan through their partner Red Capital Group. The 232 unit multifamily project will receive a fixed rate financing package for 35 years.

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Sawgrass Marriott sold

October 6, 2014 | By More
Sawgrass Marriott sold

Historic City News has learned that New York-based real estate investment trust Carey Watermark Investors Inc. has purchased The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach from an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Petra Capital Management.

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Official report shows Weeks ignored rules and warnings

October 5, 2014 | By More
Official report shows Weeks ignored rules and warnings

Historic City News local reporters were informed on October 3, 2014 that St Augustine City Manager, John Regan, had submitted the official account of findings from a Procedural Review of the 62-A Spanish Street Building Collapse that included the interviews and report prepared by Tim Burchfield, Assistant City Manager, to the elected members of the […]

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Governor Scott orders special prosecutor in OConnell death

October 3, 2014 | By | Comments More
Governor Scott orders special prosecutor in OConnell death

On the heels of new information reported by Historic City News this week, following an exclusive interview at the Historic City Newsroom Monday with Florida private investigator Clu Wright, Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed an executive order directing that a Central Florida prosecutor come to St Augustine to investigate the circumstances surrounding what the […]

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Entrepreneur Night provides networking for start-ups

October 3, 2014 | By | Comments More
Entrepreneur Night provides networking for start-ups

Historic City News received an invitation to attend a “MeetUp” group last Tuesday called “Entrepreneur Night”, specifically focused on residents from St. Johns, Flagler, and Volusia counties. It is a once-a-month drink-and-appetizers pow-wow that visited St Augustine bringing together entrepreneurial types looking to meet like-minded individuals in the startup scene.

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Domain name for sale: staugustinerailway.com

October 2, 2014 | By | Comments More
Domain name for sale: staugustinerailway.com

Great news for someone interested in a great domain name which can be transferred to your existing website, or used to build a new website for your organization.

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Save on travel with Frontier two-day sale

October 1, 2014 | By | Comments More
Save on travel with Frontier two-day sale

Frontier Airlines today announced a special two-day only fare sale to Historic City News for customers flying to/from Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN). To thank customers for supporting Frontier’s low fares and to celebrate the convenient service provided from the Trenton-Mercer Airport, the airline is offering a special promotion of 19% off any applicable fare for domestic, […]

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City investigation exposes shortcuts before historic home collapses

September 30, 2014 | By | Comments More
City investigation exposes shortcuts before historic home collapses

David Birchim, AICP, Director of Planning and Building for the City of St Augustine, reported to Assistant City Manager Tim Burchfield yesterday afternoon the timeline associated with the construction work being done by former mayor Len Weeks at the 200-year-old Don Pedro Farnell House at 62-A Spanish Street.

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Neighborhood asks for legal fee donations to fight 7-Eleven

September 29, 2014 | By | Comments More
Neighborhood asks for legal fee donations to fight 7-Eleven

They tell Historic City News it ain’t over! According to an update from its Vice President, Melinda Rakoncay, the members of the Nelmar Terrace Neighborhood Association have created a legal fund to continue their fight to stop 7-Eleven from building a convenience store complex at the intersection of San Marco Avenue and May Street.

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Cladek has “bad day” in appeals court Wednesday

September 25, 2014 | By | Comments More
Cladek has “bad day” in appeals court Wednesday

United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit yesterday affirmed the convictions and sentence of former St Augustine resident Lydia Cladek.

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Amato announces career after First Coast News

September 16, 2014 | By | Comments More
Amato announces career after First Coast News

Last month Historic City News readers missed a face that had started their day for the last 20 years when Eric Land, president and general manager of First Coast News, announced that Good Morning Jacksonville news anchor Phil Amato had resigned.

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Public dollars used to pay for private schools

September 12, 2014 | By | Comments More
Public dollars used to pay for private schools

Public dollars used to pay for private schools For-profit charters schools blossom Jacksonville Business Journal Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, spoke to a reporter with the Jacksonville Business Journal yesterday to express his concern with what he sees as a growing threat to public education from private for-profit charter schools.

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Frontier expands service in St Augustine to Washington DC

September 8, 2014 | By | Comments More
Frontier expands service in St Augustine to Washington DC

Frontier Airlines began nonstop service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Frontier also offers nonstop service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport to Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton/Princeton, NJ. Historic City News was on hand on May 2nd when Frontier restored commercial airline service to the local airport; […]

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Residents vow to continue protest of 7-Eleven

September 7, 2014 | By | Comments More
Residents vow to continue protest of 7-Eleven

Although the City of St Augustine has approved plans to issue a building permit to construct a convenience store and 12-pump gas station on the long-vacant property at the intersection of May Street and San Marco Avenue, the residents say that will not weaken their resolve to protest the store that they say will cause […]

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Chamber recruits new VP of Economic Development

September 5, 2014 | By | Comments More
Chamber recruits new VP of Economic Development

Historic City News was informed today that Declan Reiley has been named vice president of economic development for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. Reiley earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and graduate certificate from the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma.

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Pedro Menendez will greet innaugural Washington DC flight

September 4, 2014 | By | Comments More
Pedro Menendez will greet innaugural Washington DC flight

Historic City News local reporters will be on hand Monday when the first Frontier Airlines flight from Washington Dulles International Airport arrives at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St Augustine.

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Oh good heaven, here comes 7-Eleven

September 1, 2014 | By | Comments More
Oh good heaven, here comes 7-Eleven

In a Sunday morning e-mail from Historic City News reader Kathy Schirmacher, the local news desk received unconfirmed bad news for North City residents that the building department of the City of St Augustine has issued a permit allowing the construction of a controversial 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station at 179 San Marco Avenue.

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San Sebastian Harbor details coming to light

August 20, 2014 | By | Comments More
San Sebastian Harbor details coming to light

Historic City News editor, Michael Gold, met with Don McCormick, Director of Business Development for Humphrey Realty this afternoon; the entity managing the development of the Doubletree by Hilton on San Marco Avenue at Old Mission Avenue, and the new owners of the long vacant land to be developed into the San Sebastian Inland Harbor.

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San Sebastian Inland Harbor has new owner

August 19, 2014 | By | Comments More
San Sebastian Inland Harbor has new owner

Historic City News has learned that real estate owned through foreclosure by a Wells Fargo Bank affiliate has been sold to a central Florida family involved in a number of property investment projects throughout Florida for a reported $4.75 million.

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Understanding common job interview questions

August 19, 2014 | By | Comments More
Understanding common job interview questions

Interview questions are not as straightforward as they seem, and answering just one question incorrectly may put you out of the running for a job. The moral of the story? Be ready to read between the lines.

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