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Taxes down, spending down? Check your TRIM notice!

August 20, 2014 | By More
Taxes down, spending down?  Check your TRIM notice!

When I attended Ketterlinus Jr. High School in the 1960′s, the school district began to teach something called “new math”. I never understood that, since 10 + 10 was still equal to 20. But, I was a teenager then and didn’t care what they called it, so long as we could bring cans of Coca […]

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Letter: Quality Inn posts fraudulent charges to credit card

August 18, 2014 | By More
Letter: Quality Inn posts fraudulent charges to credit card

Letter: Quality Inn posts fraudulent charges to credit card Jessica Davis Priscilla Goldston Dear Editor: We checked into the Quality Inn Historic District, located at 1111 N Ponce De Leon Boulevard, in Saint Augustine on Friday August 15th and rented one room for two nights.

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Editorial: Why would anyone vote for Ken Bryan for mayor?

August 18, 2014 | By More
Editorial: Why would anyone vote for Ken Bryan for mayor?

After his failed attempt for election to the county commission as a Democrat, then election as a Republican for only one term, you would think Ken Bryan would get the message. This man’s bid for re-election never made it out of the Primary, and there are many reasons why.

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Letter: Please read Beach charter amendments and vote

August 18, 2014 | By More
Letter: Please read Beach charter amendments and vote

Letter: Please read Beach charter amendments and vote Undine George St Augustine Beach, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers at St Augustine Beach; Charter amendment propositions are on your primary ballot. Although most primary propositions are bland, all are not. If you live in the City of St Augustine Beach, I ask you […]

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Letter: Citizens have told me what they expect

August 17, 2014 | By More
Letter: Citizens have told me what they expect

Letter: Citizens have told me what they expect Nancy Shaver Candidate for Mayor St. Augustine Dear Editor: What should you expect from your City government and your Mayor anyway?

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City manager carries water for ten major failings

August 14, 2014 | By More
City manager carries water for ten major failings

The City Manager of the City of St Augustine, John P. Regan, a professional engineer, is one of only three employees that are hired by the members of the politically elected city commission.

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Letter: What’s in a mayor?

August 14, 2014 | By More
Letter: What’s in a mayor?

Letter: What’s in a mayor? Edward A. Slavin, Jr. St. Augustine Dear Editor: These are no ordinary times, no ordinary elections. I encourage all voters to meet and research the candidates. This is our town, our time, and your future. It is up to us to help preserve our village. Vote early and beat the […]

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Vision of St Augustine by St Augustinians

August 13, 2014 | By More
Vision of St Augustine by St Augustinians

As St Augustine City Commissioner and chief visioning zombie, Roxanne Horvath, captures City Manager John Regan, City Director of Public Works, Martha Graham, and City Comptroller, Mark Litzinger, for a half-day meeting with the City of Fort Lauderdale, to review their Visioning process and initiatives, Historic City News took the time to ask one local […]

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Historic City News – August Primary Election endorsements

August 11, 2014 | By More
Historic City News – August Primary Election endorsements

As I write for the Board this year, let me say, I genuinely appreciate the spirit of cooperation, and debate, we encountered in this search for light. Not all endorsements were reached unanimously. A clear majority, if not consensus, emerged as we sought the truth; the results of which are reported here.

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Editorial: The king and his throne should be overturned

August 10, 2014 | By More
Editorial: The king and his throne should be overturned

In 1984, using a politically expedient move that was perfectly legal and decided by the members of the St Augustine City Commission in a majority vote during a regularly called and noticed meeting; Ramelle Petroglou’s appointment as “mayor” was rescinded — and a new mayor was appointed to serve the remainder of her term. She […]

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Guest Column: Cook lays out financial observations in county

August 8, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Cook lays out financial observations in county

County Commission Candidate, Denver Cook (R-District 4), outlined for Historic City News reporters in St Augustine today what he sees as the financial challenges, and solutions, facing St. Johns County as the 2015 budget process moves forward.

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Guest Column: A building contractor makes a better commissioner

August 8, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: A building contractor makes a better commissioner

Guest Column A building contractor makes a better commissioner A dear friend and supporter, was kind enough to send the following to me the other day and after thinking about it and asking her permission, I thought I would send it along to you by way of this column.

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Letter: Where were the incumbents?

August 7, 2014 | By More
Letter: Where were the incumbents?

Letter: Where were the incumbents? Eric West, President St. Johns County Republican Assembly Dear Editor: On July 26th the St. Johns County Republican Assembly hosted its convention to hear from the candidates for the Board of County Commissioners and School Board. A straw poll was held and the membership endorsed candidates in the primary. Results […]

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Letter: Participation by all judge candidates a “first”

August 7, 2014 | By More
Letter: Participation by all judge candidates a “first”

Letter: Participation by all judge candidates a “first” Vicky C. Oakes St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: The League of Women Voters hosted a great candidate forum Tuesday night for Senate 6 candidates and the Circuit Judge races that appear on the Primary Election ballot August 26th.

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Letter: Why is Mayor Boles ashamed of 400th Anniversary?

August 5, 2014 | By More
Letter: Why is Mayor Boles ashamed of 400th Anniversary?

Letter: Why is Mayor Boles ashamed of 400th Anniversary? Janis Versaggi Williams St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I have written the following letter to St Augustine Mayor Joseph L. Boles, Jr., concerning his derogatory assessment of the volunteer work done by local residents on the city’s 400th Anniversary in 1965. I would be happy to […]

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Editorial: Visioning zombies return to Star Chamber

July 31, 2014 | By More
Editorial: Visioning zombies return to Star Chamber

Two months and $75,000 later, St Augustine’s visioning zombies are still meeting to form goals and prepare for a town hall meeting to be held August 18th. No word yet on a time for that town hall meeting, but the committee steering the runaway train Monday, August 4th, have decided to convene in the middle […]

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Guest Column: Time is right for City Zoning Code review

July 29, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Time is right for City Zoning Code review

Guest Column: Time is right for City Zoning Code review John Valdes St Augustine, FL In January, 2009, I declared that the City of St Augustine needed a zoning regulation review; and, with the economic down turn, we could accomplish the review without the pressure of new projects in the works.

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Letter: Statutes backup Thrasher replacement scenarios

July 25, 2014 | By More
Letter: Statutes backup Thrasher replacement scenarios

Letter: Statutes backup Thrasher replacement scenarios Doug Wiles, Former Member Florida House of Representatives St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: A recent letter to the editor of Historic City News took the St. Augustine Record to task for its editorial on July 20. The Record outlined the process to replace incumbent Sen. John Thrasher on the […]

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Letter: Questions The Record’s legal advice

July 21, 2014 | By More
Letter: Questions The Record’s legal advice

Letter: Questions The Record’s legal advice Bob Hamby Palm Coast, FL Dear Editor: I have written to The St Augustine Record publisher, Delinda Fogel, editor Kathy Nelson, and opinions editor Jim Sutton because they are quoting Florida law — without giving the statute. It appears to unfairly diminish the value of the other Republican candidate […]

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Letter: The genie’s out of the bottle

July 21, 2014 | By More
Letter: The genie’s out of the bottle

Letter: The genie’s out of the bottle John Valdes St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: The genie is out of the bottle and looking for a parking space. We’ve been discovered, we can’t put the cork back in the bottle — and we shouldn’t try.

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Letter: The 800-pound Gorilla in the room

July 16, 2014 | By More
Letter: The 800-pound Gorilla in the room

Letter: The 800-pound Gorilla in the room Ron Berben Candidate for St Augustine City Commission St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: As long as I have lived downtown I have understood what it is that attracts people from all over the country and the world into our historic city. Much of what visitors to our city […]

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Letter: Advocates carefully planned growth

July 15, 2014 | By More
Letter: Advocates carefully planned growth

Letter: Advocates carefully planned growth John Valdes St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Money spent by our tourist and visitors is what underwrites so much of the good life that we full-time residents enjoy in our City and County. As a fifth-generation Floridian and third-generation builder, I truly appreciate the importance of newcomers, tourists, visitors and […]

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Real estate professionals say Kendall is best choice for county commission

July 13, 2014 | By More
Real estate professionals say Kendall is best choice for county commission

When the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors informed local Historic City News reporters in St Augustine that they had decided to support St Johns County Commission candidate Kim Kendall in her bid to unseat incumbent Ron Sanchez, it was no surprise — after all, the real estate industry is critical to all of us on […]

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Letter: To know where we are, we need facts

July 10, 2014 | By More
Letter: To know where we are, we need facts

Letter: To know where we are, we need facts Nancy Shaver St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: There is no question that our City is a magical place—and each one of us has their own view of what makes it special and unique.  The historic buildings, the sun on the water, the carriages, each neighborhood with […]

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Guest Column: Freedoms in danger of hanging separately

July 4, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Freedoms in danger of hanging separately

Guest Column: Freedoms in danger of hanging separately Jason Stverak, President Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity Washington, DC On this day 238 years ago, just after John Hancock made the most indelible signature in all of history, our namesake, Benjamin Franklin, uttered, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall […]

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Guest Column: Americans didn’t invent freedom

July 4, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Americans didn’t invent freedom

Guest Column: Americans didn’t invent freedom Hannah Bleau St Augustine, FL Americans didn’t invent freedom. It was given to us by God, and we’ve embraced it unlike any other country in the history of the world.

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Editorial: Are you too busy to fight for freedom?

July 1, 2014 | By More
Editorial: Are you too busy to fight for freedom?

Editorial: Are you too busy to fight for freedom? Historic City News St Augustine, FL As Independence Day approaches, many of us have plans to attend parades, festivals, and of course see a grand fireworks display in St Augustine, Flagler Beach, or Palm Coast.

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Letter: Please help Velo Fest Festival 2015

June 24, 2014 | By More
Letter: Please help Velo Fest Festival 2015

Letter: Please help Velo Fest Festival 2015 Heather Neville St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I am hoping that Historic City News readers will consider sending an email of support to the City of St Augustine. We have accomplished a great deal but face new challenges as we prepare for Velo Fest Festival 2015.

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Letter: Don’t question Sanchez about Wanchick contract

June 23, 2014 | By More
Letter: Don’t question Sanchez about Wanchick contract

Letter: Don’t question Sanchez about Wanchick contract Andrea Anthony Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor: I have been a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach since 1988, so I was looking forward to this morning’s county commission candidate forum for candidates in District 2, sponsored by the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition.

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Letter: Lets save ECHO House

June 23, 2014 | By More
Letter: Lets save ECHO House

Letter: Lets save ECHO House Ed Slavin St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I am providing a copy of an open letter to Reverend Ron Rawls, Pastor at St Paul AME Church in St Augustine, concerning recently announced plans to demolish ECHO House.

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