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.

Three 50-foot hotels planned for US-1


Three 50-foot hotels planned for US-1 George Gardner St Augustine Report Three 5-story hotels are planned along US-1; one approved several years ago, and two more going before the City Commission Monday for Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning.

VIA AIR will increase service from St Augustine Airport


Mitch Pizik, EVP Sales and Marketing for VIA Air, shared good news with Historic City News local reporters today when the official announcement was made that the airline will continue to provide passenger service from Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St Augustine to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Commission says NO to 7-Eleven building permit

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In a new hearing on the question as to whether or not the City of St Augustine staff acted properly in issuing a building permit to 7-Eleven to construct a 24-hour convenience store with gasoline pumps, the city commission voted unanimously to uphold the appeal filed and led by neighborhood residents — rescinding the previously…

City competes with souvenir merchants


A Historic City News reporter stopped at the Visitor Information Center today in response to a citizen complaint from a private merchant who was upset that he had to compete with the City of St Augustine for retail sales of souvenir and gift items.

Top ten financial predictions for 2015


There have been a number of occasions during 2014 when Historic City News editor Michael Gold, and our citizen reporters, have been accused of having a crystal ball.  We admit that if any of us truly had one, it would be a valuable thing. We could make a killing in the stock market.