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Why would local newspaper editor lie about call to reader?

September 22, 2014 | By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Letter: Cook say he will continue to stay involved

August 29, 2014 | By More
Letter: Cook say he will continue to stay involved

Letter: Cook say he will continue to stay involved Denver Cook Nocatee, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: This campaign has been an amazing process and I wanted to thank my wife Michelle, my daughters Mia and Piper, my neighbors and my supporters who had such faith and belief in the message of […]

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Guest Column: What an Amazing Campaign

August 28, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: What an Amazing Campaign

Wow! What an Amazing Campaign Dan Abel Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: First, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Thank you to my wife Christina. Your love & support throughout this race has been incredible. I love you so much!

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Letter: Please ignore the lies in the recent attack brochures

August 25, 2014 | By More
Letter: Please ignore the lies in the recent attack brochures

Letter: Please ignore the lies in the recent attack brochures   Kim J. Kendall County Commission Candidate St Johns County, FL   Another offensive brochure arrived in mailboxes of Republican voters; sent using mailing permit number 4390. This one accuses me of support for Obama’s common core. All of you know that nothing could be […]

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Letter: Your child, your choice

August 24, 2014 | By More
Letter: Your child, your choice

Letter: Your child, your choice Joe Ryan St Augustine, FL High Stakes testing is planned for every public school child in Florida. If you thought the FCATs were bad the new common core aligned assessments are like “FCATs on Steroids”.

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Letter: My message has not and will not change

August 24, 2014 | By More
Letter: My message has not and will not change

Letter: My message has not and will not change Nancy Shaver Linconville Dear Editor and Historic City News readers: As I’ve walked this City during my campaign and spoken to hundreds of you, I hear over and over again, how much you love St Augustine—and I’ve heard loud and clear what you expect from the […]

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Letter: Smith’s words and actions don’t match

August 23, 2014 | By More
Letter: Smith’s words and actions don’t match

Letter: Smith’s words and actions don’t match Charles Meyers St Augustine, FL Dear Editor, I think most of us today have had enough with empty campaign rhetoric, negative mudslinging attack ads, and self-serving hypocritical ‘scare crow’ positions. To this end, I am having some real trouble reconciling some things between St John’s County Commission Candidate […]

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Guest Column: Law enforcement body cameras

August 23, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Law enforcement body cameras

Guest Column: Law enforcement body cameras James L Manfre, Sheriff Flagler County, FL As a young prosecutor, I was assigned to a newly formed “driving while intoxicated” task force that included highway patrol officers. The purpose of this task force was twofold—to focus on the rising tide of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities and to train […]

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Letter: Morris and Sanchez raised your taxes!

August 23, 2014 | By More
Letter: Morris and Sanchez raised your taxes!

Letter: Morris and Sanchez raised your taxes! Harlan Mason St. Augustine, Florida Dear Editor, St. Johns County politicians have mastered the art of raising taxes in non-election year budget cycles hoping voters will forget the pain in their wallets by the time the next election rolls around.

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Letter: Who sent these offensive mailers?

August 22, 2014 | By More
Letter: Who sent these offensive mailers?

Letter: Who sent these offensive mailers? Kim Kendall St Augustine, FL Two offensive mailers were just sent out to St Johns County voters – one against incumbent Ron Sanchez and one against me.

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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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