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Letter: Commission candidate campaigning on county property

October 24, 2014 | By More
Letter: Commission candidate campaigning on county property

Letter: Commission candidate campaigning on county property Dennis McDonald Flagler County, FL Dear Editor: I have notified Flagler County Administrator Craig M. Coffey that I will be at the next Board of County Commissioners meeting and I have requested that this photo be publicly shared on the overhead monitors for all in attendance to see […]

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Letter: Moeller not good steward of fiscal environment

October 24, 2014 | By More
Letter: Moeller not good steward of fiscal environment

Letter: Moeller not good steward of fiscal environment Bryan Lightfoot, Registered Democrat Combat veteran, U.S. Army, 3/2 Stryker Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Division 2007-2008 Diyala Province Iraq (the “Surge”) 1-64 Armor, 3rd Infantry Division 2009-2010 Ninewah Province (Mosul) Iraq Dear Editor-

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Kalaidi: Vote for best “LADY” for mayor

October 21, 2014 | By More
Kalaidi: Vote for best “LADY” for mayor

Kalaidi: Vote for best “LADY” for mayor Citing a need for better transparency in government operations, both at the county and city level in St Augustine, resident and taxpayer advocate, Betty Jane (B.J.) Kalaidi told members of the St Johns County Commission this morning that, although the podium had been misused in recent weeks to […]

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Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes

October 19, 2014 | By More
Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes

Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes Leonard Pellicer St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I first became acquainted with Nancy Shaver through letters to the editor she wrote to shed light on several issues being debated in our city. I was struck by her exhaustive research, together with her straightforward, objective reporting of the facts.

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Guest column: Gardner sees change in 2014

October 17, 2014 | By More
Guest column: Gardner sees change in 2014

Guest column: Gardner sees change in 2014 By GEORGE GARDNER St Augustine, Fl Special to Historic City News As a former mayor and commissioner this is the first year since I left office six years ago that I’ve endorsed city candidates, because it’s the first year there’s been real opportunity for change and progress.

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Bio: Cory Duke Mara

October 16, 2014 | By More
Bio: Cory Duke Mara

Bio: Cory Duke Mara Endorsed by Historic City News Endorsed by The St Augustine Record

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Editorial: Your vote is your voice

October 16, 2014 | By More
Editorial: Your vote is your voice

In the battle of the haves and the have-nots, the have-nots always outnumber the haves. Despite that indisputable fact, the haves always seem to get their way. Why is that?

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Letter: Inaccurate speculation about Medi MD

October 13, 2014 | By More
Letter: Inaccurate speculation about Medi MD

Letter: Inaccurate speculation about Medi MD Bill McClure Medi MD St Johns County, FL Dear Historic City News editor and readers: Out of respect for the process, I cannot comment on the details of the events of last week.

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Letter: Zoning Conundrum

October 11, 2014 | By More
Letter: Zoning Conundrum

Letter: Zoning Conundrum Susan Rathbone St. Augustine, FL Dear Editor: North Davis Shores residents have been resilient in their efforts to call attention to the numerous zoning issues throughout the city; and in particular the property known as the “castle” at 100 Flagler Boulevard. Current zoning does not align with current and historical property usage […]

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Editorial: What’s taking you so long?

October 11, 2014 | By More
Editorial: What’s taking you so long?

Before every Primary and General Election for quite a number of years, Historic City News has announced our recommendations of political candidates for local office. Judging by our bulging e-mail box last week, readers look forward to hearing our opinions before forming their own and wonder why we haven’t published our endorsements.

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Letter: Folks are a lot smarter than Mayor thinks

October 10, 2014 | By More
Letter: Folks are a lot smarter than Mayor thinks

Letter: Folks are a lot smarter than Mayor thinks PATRICIA REILLY St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Payments in lieu of taxes are voluntary payments made by some colleges as a gesture of good will to help a city offset the loss of property taxes and to help defray the cost of services provided by the […]

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Editorial Board: Anastasia Mosquito Control Board

October 8, 2014 | By More
Editorial Board: Anastasia Mosquito Control Board

Historic City News is ready to start announcing our recommendations in selected local elections of interest to St Augustine and St Johns County voters. We find our first recommendation to be newsworthy for a couple of reasons.

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Davis Shores resident circulating rezoning petition

October 1, 2014 | By | Comments More
Davis Shores resident circulating rezoning petition

Davis Shores resident, Susan Rathbone, is stepping up her efforts to preserve the residential makeup of her neighborhood against an intruding commercial use.  She has asked Historic City News readers who support the administrative rezoning necessary to revert the property at 100 Flagler Boulevard to “residential” to sign her petition by clicking here. Rathbone told local […]

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Letter: Mayor-commissioners did not follow code for appointments

September 30, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Mayor-commissioners did not follow code for appointments

Letter: Mayor-commissioners did not follow code for appointments Patricia Reilly St Augustine, FL I have written to the City Commission in the past, and am writing again, asking that the PZB membership requirements be changed to be more inclusive. As they read today, they require that basically a person have a specially designated and current […]

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Guest Column: City issues and answers – Our streets

September 28, 2014 | By | Comments More
Guest Column: City issues and answers – Our streets

Guest Column: City issues and answers – Our streets Nancy Shaver St Augustine, FL There has been a lot of talk about the neglected streets in St Augustine during the campaign for Mayor. Let’s take a look at where we are, how we got there — and what we need to do to get back […]

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Letter: Eric Holder – politicization of justice

September 25, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Eric Holder – politicization of justice

Letter: Eric Holder – politicization of justice Congressman Ron DeSantis Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Eric Holder’s tenure has been marked by the politicization of justice, disrespect for the rule of law and Constitution, and suppression of the truth.

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Letter: City about to allow another zoning debacle

September 25, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: City about to allow another zoning debacle

Letter: City about to allow another zoning debacle Susan W. Rathbone St Augustine, FL The city has faced a number of zoning issues recently, most notable the 7-11 on May Street. Another property, known as the “castle”, which is located in a well-established neighborhood was zoned commercial by the city and the neighbors are battling […]

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Letter: Do you approve of doubling the Mosquito Control budget?

September 24, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Do you approve of doubling the Mosquito Control budget?

Letter: Do you approve of doubling the Mosquito Control budget? Cory Mara St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Tomorrow (Thursday) night, the Anastasia Mosquito Control District will hold its final budget meeting and a lot of big decisions are going to be made. These decisions are going to affect every taxpayer in the District and I […]

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Always be prepared to protect our free press

September 24, 2014 | By | Comments More
Always be prepared to protect our free press

You know things are getting pretty bad for a free press when even establishment media bastions are complaining about its hallmarks; open government records, open government meetings, transparent government transactions, and accountability by government officials.

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Why would local newspaper editor lie about call to reader?

September 22, 2014 | By | Comments More
Why would local newspaper editor lie about call to reader?

Kathy Nelson, is new to St Augustine. She doesn’t know the political and social connections yet and I’m sure she’s still learning her way around some of St Augustine’s landmarks; especially when they are regularly expressed in terms of where so and so used to be.

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Join the editorial review board process for General Election

September 21, 2014 | By | Comments More
Join the editorial review board process for General Election

Historic City News is trying something new this year in our editorial review of candidates for elected office in the upcoming November 4 General Election.

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Letter: How to keep 7-Eleven fiasco from repeatedly happening

September 18, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: How to keep 7-Eleven fiasco from repeatedly happening

Letter: How to keep 7-Eleven fiasco from repeatedly happening John Valdes St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: The most frustrating meeting of my eight years on the City of St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board was the day the developer’s attorneys brought a request for permission to remove two trees from the vacant lot at the […]

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Guest Column: Help mosquito control keep the county disease-free

September 17, 2014 | By | Comments More
Guest Column: Help mosquito control keep the county disease-free

Guest Column: Help mosquito control keep the county disease-free by Cory ‘Duke’ Mara St Augustine, FL With a new reported case of West Nile Virus earlier this week in Volusia County now is the time to be prepared.

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Guest Column: Has anyone noticed it is an election year?

September 12, 2014 | By | Comments More
Guest Column: Has anyone noticed it is an election year?

Guest Column: Has anyone noticed it is an election year? Pat Reilly St Augustine, FL I say we should have an election every year.  Just look at all the activity. It reminds me of what you see when you turn the jets on in a Jacuzzi; a whole lot of foam at the top, but […]

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Guest Column: Long past time for zoning review

September 12, 2014 | By | Comments More
Guest Column: Long past time for zoning review

Guest Column: Long past time for zoning review John Valdes St Augustine, FL Once again the need for the City of St. Augustine to review its zoning regulations became obvious to me and many others at a recent Planning and Zoning Board meeting, at which a property owner intended to turn the old castle at […]

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Despite City posturing, King and Queen have “other plans”

September 1, 2014 | By | Comments More
Despite City posturing, King and Queen have “other plans”

There has been a lot of posturing over the past year as St Augustine’s 450th Commemoration Department has attempted to justify its existence and avoid further scrutiny of its failed promises of sponsorships, private partnerships, and events worthy of, well, a “celebration on the scale of the Olympics”, I believe the mayor once said.

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Letter: Infrastructure expertise needed on city commission

September 1, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Infrastructure expertise needed on city commission

Letter: Infrastructure expertise needed on city commission Grant Misterly St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: This week, St. Augustine unveiled a proposed five-year capital improvement plan for infrastructure spending that totals $79.6 million! This is significantly more than in past years. For our population of approximately 13,000, that represents over $6,100 per person. With stakes that […]

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Editorial: Revisionist history – it’s not just for tourists

August 31, 2014 | By | Comments More
Editorial: Revisionist history – it’s not just for tourists

Revisionist history – it’s not just for tourists As someone who’s spent enough decades living in St Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, and St Johns County; I can tell you, for a fact, that for a community that lives or dies by retelling the story of First America, we sure seem to be selling a lot […]

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Letter: Attack ads hit new low in county politics

August 31, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Attack ads hit new low in county politics

Letter: Attack ads hit new low in county politics Ellen A. Whitmer Fruit Cove, FL Dear Editor: Saint Johns County politics hit a new low when voters received political attack ads against Ron Sanchez.

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Letter: Low-class personal digs mark “new” Record

August 30, 2014 | By | Comments More
Letter: Low-class personal digs mark “new” Record

Letter: Low-class personal digs mark “new” Record Jay and Peggy Bliss St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: The “new” Record has now delivered two swipes at mayoral candidate Nancy Shaver, and it has not gone unnoticed.

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