Letter: Update on King Street repairs Bruce A. Maguire St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Tuesday afternoon, Jessica Clark interviewed me from First Coast News inquiring about the status of road and sidewalk repairs included in the King Street project.
Letter: Is an increase in County’s credit rating – a good thing? Dan Abel Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: As a Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Counselor, I talk with clients everyday about their budgets. We talk about balancing their income verses their spending, and setting the extra income […]
Letter: Developers should not control concurrency Randy Covington St Johns, FL Dear Editor: Next Tuesday, the St Johns County Commission will take up a very significant change to county land development concurrency. The proposed change is highly detailed and very technical. It was developed by a committee, composed mostly of developer representatives, working over the […]
Letter: Glorify the French – Vilify the Spanish James Dean Fiske Palm Coast, FL Dear Editor: I’m very glad I only had to pay for gas to attend the “Timucuan and Europeans in 16th Century Florida” held in the Flagler Room of the Ponce de Leon Hotel and presented by Jonathan de Coster, an assistant […]
I’ve enjoyed my 60-year visit to St Augustine. Depending on who you ask, their point of view, and their length of time in the historic city; some will say it has “matured”, others will say it has “become too commercial”. A former city manager I was fond of, who, like me, was fortunate to have […]
Guest Column: Step back from Riberia Point Nancy Shafer St Augustine, FL Dear Historic City News readers: I wrote to St Augustine City Manager, John Regan to urge him to take a big step back from his plans to engage with Shawn Heister to build an aquarium at Riberia Point. If this feels like déjà […]
Guest Column: Civilian Law Enforcement Academy David B. Shoar, Sheriff St. Johns County, FL This month, I would like to tell you about our Civilian Law Enforcement Academy at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. This academy began nearly nine years ago and has been well received. To date over 300 of our citizens have […]
Letter: Opinions of the new Palm Coast Dennis K McDonald Flagler Beach, FL Dear Editor: Mayor Netts, City Manager Jim Landon, and members of the City Council, do everything they can to steer the elections in Palm Coast. The city held a referendum vote on a Primary Ballot, trying to minimize voting, since Primary Elections […]
Letter: Blame commissioners for their own poor judgment John C. Stevens Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor: Have you ever noticed that too many times the St. Johns County Commissioners forget the voters who sent them to office?
Editorial: No free nation without a free press Michael Gold, Managing Editor HISTORIC CITY NEWS St Augustine FL Historic City News readers who know me, are not surprised to learn that I have written a “harsh” article, probably half sarcastic and half tongue-in-cheek, about government transparency, fraud, waste and abuse in government, or elected officials […]
Letter: St Johns County transparency rated “partly cloudy” Dennis M Clarke St Johns, FL Dear Editor: So, just how transparent is the Saint Johns County website? While the website may provide a wealth of information, one has to dig a little further into the details in order to make sense of various programs the County […]
Guest Column: Effective public transportation for our city Ron Berben St Augustine, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: After years of disappointment, Floridians, especially in our area, have all but given up on the dream of a viable passenger rail service for St. Augustine, along the East coast or to anywhere else in […]
Letter: Local politicians behaving badly Lance Thate, Chairman Saint Augustine Tea Party Dear Editor: What happens at a local level is a microcosm of what is happening at a national level; where our politicians are attacking our Constitutional rights on a minute-to-minute basis, disregarding their constituent’s demands, showing nothing but contempt for the people, operating […]
Letter: Why penalize FPL customers? James S. Arpaia St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I recently wrote to all members of the Florida Public Service Commission to complain about a penalty I now face unless I agree to change to a so called “Smart Meter” from Florida Power and Light Company.
Letter: Senator Rubio’s staff working in St Augustine Becky Reichenberg Republican State Committeewoman St Johns County, FL Dear Editor: If Historic City News readers are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Affairs benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of US Senator Marco Rubio’s staff will be available to meet […]
Letter: Living history interpretation is not street performing Ron Berben St. Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I think the vast majority of people can agree that it is our city’s colorful history that makes St Augustine a special place to live, work, and visit.
Elected School Board Chairman Bill Mignon, is joining the public debate and condemnation of a decision by the First District Court of Appeals last week, brought against the Florida Department of Education by the Florida Times-Union newspaper in Jacksonville for access to Value Added scores of state educators, principals, and grades awarded to public schools […]
Letter: To the Flagler College community William T. Abare, Jr., Ed.D. President, Flagler College St Augustine, FL During the past two weeks, I was confronted with one of the most difficult challenges of my presidency. As many of you now know, it has been confirmed that Mr. Marc Williar, former vice president of enrollment management, […]
Letter: A teacher’s Value-Added Model score Joseph G. Joyner Superintendent of Schools St Johns County, FL Dear Editor and Teachers: As many of you are aware, The Florida Times-Union filed suit against the Florida Department of Education requesting the release of individual teacher’s Value-Added Model (VAM) scores. The school district views VAM data as part […]
Letter: What value-added data can and cannot tell us Pamela L Stewart Commissioner of Education St Johns, FL Dear Editor and teachers: As many of you know, we at the Department of Education have been fighting for you and for all teachers in an effort to maintain the confidentiality of teachers’ names and their individual […]
Letter: Ready for Legislative Session to convene Senator John Thrasher St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: We completed the last committee week before we convene for the 2014 Legislative Session on March 4. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate, and the House, to pass commonsense reforms for the State of Florida.
Letter: 7-Eleven impacts more than North City Lisa Parrish Lloyd Vilano Beach, FL The 7-Eleven application and appeal on Thursday has an enormous impact on the safety and enjoyment of our community because of its critical transportation impact on everyone; not just North City.
Letter: Response to Commissioner Stevenson Sam Lansdale Julington Creek Plantation CDD Board of Supervisors, Seat 1 Dear Editor: Recently St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson wrote an editorial concerning the affairs of the Julington Creek Plantation CDD. Some observers of this issue may welcome a County Commissioner getting involved, but I suspect others are concerned […]
Recognition earned – not stolen by politics Editorial HISTORIC CITY NEWS The community was exposed to the fraud, waste and abuses of the St Johns Cultural Council this week when it was revealed that the members of the Tourist Development Council had evaluated their performance at failing levels; earning only 55%.
Has Your Resolve Dissolved? Take Heart, says Cupid! Susan Johnson Statistics show that, after just one month, the resolve has dissolved for 36% of us who have vowed to make changes in the coming year. And, six months into the new year, that percentage has jumped to 56! When you consider that the number one […]
Guest: A focused platform race for city commission Ron Berben St Augustine, FL Instead of a general, all-encompassing broad brush platform approach, I am focusing on specific issues and concerns of every section of the City of St Augustine, its residents and businesses, from infrastructure and basic services to culture and historic preservation, incorporating many […]