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Letter: From the only conservative writer at the Flagler Gargoyle

December 16, 2014 | By More
Letter: From the only conservative writer at the Flagler Gargoyle

Letter: From the only conservative writer at the Flagler Gargoyle Hannah Bleau Flagler College Class of ’14 Dear HCN Editor and Flagler Gargoyle readers: What are we supposed to walk away with as we graduate from college? An increased sense of self? Greater critical thinking skills? A more opened mind? That’s what the promise is. […]

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Feature: A Different Kind of Christmas Story

December 14, 2014 | By More
Feature: A Different Kind of Christmas Story

A Different Kind of Christmas Story Malea Guiriba, Feature Writer Special to Historic City News You know someone, somewhere always has to begin a Christmas story with, “Yes, Virginia — there is a Santa Claus.” So consider this, that story.

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Letter: Make objections known Monday night

December 7, 2014 | By More
Letter: Make objections known Monday night

Letter: Make objections known Monday night Melinda Rakoncay, president Nelmar Terrace Neighborhood Association Dear Editor: It is important to let the city commission hear why you are opposed to the 7-Eleven going in at the corner of San Marco and May Street during general public comment at the City Commission Meeting tomorrow, Monday December 8th.

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Guest Column: Welcoming Jeb Smith

December 7, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Welcoming Jeb Smith

Guest Column: Welcoming Jeb Smith Lance L. Thate St Augustine Tea Party There is an entirely different community and way of life just a few miles west of the Nation’s oldest city.

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Editorial: The perfect Christmas fantasy gift

December 6, 2014 | By More
Editorial: The perfect Christmas fantasy gift

How many Historic City News readers grew up looking forward to the Christmas Book from Dallas department store, Neiman Marcus?

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Point of view: Christmas trees

November 30, 2014 | By More
Point of view: Christmas trees

Point of view: Christmas trees Ben Stein CBS Sunday Morning My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees “Christmas trees”. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. […]

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Lower the cost of government services

November 29, 2014 | By More
Lower the cost of government services

While a pair of antiquated Florida laws, sections 50.011 and 50.031, Florida Statutes, require certain notices in civil, probate, and criminal proceedings to be published in “newspapers of general circulation”, that requirement does not extend to every public notice under every situation.

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Taxpayers expect proper business agreements

November 28, 2014 | By More
Taxpayers expect proper business agreements

As citizens of St Augustine, in exchange for those public services which we have requested, through our elected and appointed representatives; we agree to pay our share of the cost through the levy of taxes. Included in those costs are the cost of administration of our municipal government.

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Gender neutral shouldn’t be the new normal

November 27, 2014 | By More
Gender neutral shouldn’t be the new normal

Gender neutral shouldn’t be the new normal Hannah Bleau, Guest Feature Writer Special to HISTORIC CITY NEWS It’s a touchy subject. I can already assume that half the people who read the title have made specific judgments about me as a person, but I would hope that the most “tolerant generation” in modern history would […]

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Letter: Thinking of all the men I know

November 21, 2014 | By More
Letter: Thinking of all the men I know

Letter: Thinking of all the men I know Malea Guiriba Hastings, FL Dear Editor, This time of year always makes me pensive and this year I am thinking about all the men I have met in Hastings and all of those who have passed and all of those who continue on, some with our help, […]

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Letter: Menace of kittens reach crisis level

November 17, 2014 | By More
Letter: Menace of kittens reach crisis level

Letter: Menace of kittens reach crisis level Louis C Wise Saint Augustine, FL Our city, like many others has a problem with crime. We are blessed that our struggles aren’t as bad as our neighbors. Our murder rate is lower than Jacksonville and we have fewer meth labs than Clay County. No, we are not […]

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How many city workers does it take to wrap a light pole?

November 13, 2014 | By More
How many city workers does it take to wrap a light pole?

Christmas (yes Christmas, not “the holidays”) is coming soon — I can tell because of all of the television ads that have broken into my home reminding me of that fact since shortly after Memorial Day. Another clue has been the reappearance of decorations about town that have been out of sight for the past […]

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Congress does not support 450th Commemoration

November 11, 2014 | By More
Congress does not support 450th Commemoration

Historic City News readers have been given every possible encouragement from Paul Williamson, Director of Public Affairs; Dana Ste Claire, Director of the 450th Commemoration; as well as outgoing mayor, Joe Boles, concerning the “overwhelming support” being shown for the 450th anniversary of the founding of St Augustine.

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Letter: My heartfelt thanks to everyone

November 9, 2014 | By More
Letter: My heartfelt thanks to everyone

Letter: My heartfelt thanks to everyone John Valdes St Augustine, FL My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who supported my campaign for city commission. I very much wanted to serve the City of St. Augustine for the next four years as your commissioner and it is a great disappointment not to […]

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Mayor-Elect Nancy Shaver scores for the “outsiders”

November 5, 2014 | By More
Mayor-Elect Nancy Shaver scores for the “outsiders”

In a hotly contested mayoral race, the likes of which St Augustine has not seen in the past eight years, the “silent majority” went to the polls and cast their votes for mayor-elect Nancy Shaver; ordinary citizens, many of whom feel they have been treated as “outsiders”, while political cronies sipped champagne and jetted off […]

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Letter: An election about people

November 3, 2014 | By More
Letter: An election about people

Letter: An election about people George M Gardner Former Mayor and Commissioner St. Augustine, FL Dear Editor: There is progress in St. Augustine, carried on by effective professional management. We are a city manager form of government, not strong mayor form.

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Guest Column: Why you should vote for Kathleen Trued

November 2, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Why you should vote for Kathleen Trued

Guest Column: Why you should vote for Kathleen Trued Kathleen Trued St Augustine, FL Dear Editor, This election season has shown more than ever why we need leaders who are unafraid to tackle difficult issues. In this moment, we need individuals who will offer clear solutions to our most daunting challenges.

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Letter: We’re being overrun by tourists

November 2, 2014 | By More
Letter: We’re being overrun by tourists

Letter: We’re being overrun by tourists Isabel Dickson St. Augustine Dear Editor: St. Augustine has an organization chart that shows residents at the top of it. Why is it that I feel as though we are on the bottom?

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Letter: Shaver for mayor: An outsider’s opinion

November 2, 2014 | By More
Letter: Shaver for mayor: An outsider’s opinion

Letter: Shaver for mayor: An outsider’s opinion Dan and Helene Sullivan St. Augustine Letter: Shaver for mayor: An outsider’s opinion Dear Editor: Arriving in St. Augustine as part-timers in 1990, (is that long enough to be acceptable?), we fell in love with the historic town; a typical story. The neighborhoods were definitely not chic, but […]

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Letter: Why Nancy Shaver?

November 2, 2014 | By More
Letter: Why Nancy Shaver?

Letter: Why Nancy Shaver? Margaret C. Rocker St. Augustine Dear Editor: We have heard why not to vote for Nancy Shaver, but I would like you to consider why Nancy Shaver should serve as our mayor.

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Letter: Shaver keys on residents – Boles on tourists

November 2, 2014 | By More
Letter: Shaver keys on residents – Boles on tourists

Letter: Shaver keys on residents – Boles on tourists By Louise Bird St. Augustine Dear Editor: The letter expressing an appreciation for Joe Boles as a member of the Good Ole Boys Club is contrary to my view of an entrenched group that is selective in passing favors to each other while those outside of […]

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PGA Tour vs St Johns County Land Development Codes

November 2, 2014 | By More
PGA Tour vs St Johns County Land Development Codes

A trial in the court of public opinion will commence Tuesday morning when the special interests of the well-heeled Ponte Vedra Beach based PGA Tour seeks to ignore the county’s Land Development Codes in a major modification request to the St Johns Board of County Commissioners.

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Guest Column: Trued could save us over one million dollars

October 31, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Trued could save us over one million dollars

Guest Column: Trued could save us over one million dollars By: Dawson Roebig St Augustine, Florida According to interviews from the St. Johns Supervisor of Elections Office and elections experts, John Thrasher’s potential re-election may result in a special election that will cost citizens of District 6 over a million dollars; since on September 23rd, […]

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Guest Column: Mara has a plan

October 29, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Mara has a plan

Guest Column: Mara has a plan As most of you know, I am running for Anastasia Mosquito Control District, Seat 2. Our campaign has been an interesting journey. We ran a clean positive campaign. Our race got a lot of attention. Many of you have already voted.

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Letter: Vote for change – Vote for Shaver

October 26, 2014 | By More
Letter: Vote for change – Vote for Shaver

Letter: Vote for change – Vote for Shaver Patricia Reilly St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: This election season, with its endless number of candidate forums, has made one thing clear. All of the new folks running for office seem to agree on many things.

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Letter: My vote’s for Shaver

October 25, 2014 | By More
Letter: My vote’s for Shaver

Letter: My vote’s for Shaver John H. Danahy Davis Shores Dear Editor: In this election, your vote should be more than influenced by family, friend, neighbor, organization or party. After all, it is non-partisan.

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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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