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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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Editorial: A teachable moment for the City

June 22, 2014 | By More
Editorial: A teachable moment for the City

Relegated to the very last item on the published agenda for the Monday night meeting of the City of St Augustine, is a $59,500 request presented by Roxanne Horvath to pay the balance now due on her $74,500 “visioning project”. I suppose they figured everyone would be worn out, bored to tears, and lulled to […]

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Letter: First Coast News interview left wrong impression

June 19, 2014 | By More
Letter: First Coast News interview left wrong impression

Letter: First Coast News interview left wrong impression Andrea Anthony Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor: I was recently interviewed by Jessica Clark, a television reporter for First Coast News, regarding the “interconnectivity” debate in St Johns County. I appeared on the 6:00 p.m. program.

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Letter: Stop the ugly rumors Senator Thrasher

June 18, 2014 | By More
Letter: Stop the ugly rumors Senator Thrasher

Letter: Stop the ugly rumors Senator Thrasher Randy Covington Former St Johns County Republican State Committeeman Dear Editor: It is no secret that Senator John Thrasher is seeking to become the President of Florida State University, and I think it would be a well-deserved reward for a long career in public service. He is also […]

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Letter: A Near Death in the Julington Creek Pool

June 17, 2014 | By More
Letter: A Near Death in the Julington Creek Pool

Letter: A Near Death in the Julington Creek Pool Leslie Miedema St Johns, FL Dear Editor: Only a few months ago, an adult who had been rescued from the Julington Creek Community Pool, died from his injuries. Just recently a child almost drowned; but, thankfully, a lifeguard was able to rescue the child before another […]

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Letter: County considers development rules revision

June 16, 2014 | By More
Letter: County considers development rules revision

Letter: County considers development rules revision Cyndi Stevenson Board of County Commissioners, District 1 St. Johns County, Florida As your elected representative on the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, I feel a personal and professional obligation to provide you with accurate information.

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National leader encourages people of faith to support Kendall

June 13, 2014 | By More
National leader encourages people of faith to support Kendall

When the Dean of Liberty University School of Law speaks, at least since 2006, it is usually to aspiring attorneys eager to learn the law; but, in the case of Mathew Staver, JD, it could well be most of the United States Courts of Appeal, or even the Supreme Court of the United States, where […]

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Letter: If you are finally ready, clarify this

June 10, 2014 | By More
Letter: If you are finally ready, clarify this

Letter: If you are finally ready, clarify this Randy Covington Pennsylvania resident who owns a condo in St. Augustine Dear Editor: Citizen taxpayers in St Johns County are fed up with the convenient forgetfulness and selective memory of sitting members of the Board of County Commissioners; and, as those taxpayers come forward to challenge incumbents, […]

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Editorial: The tide turns and we need different thinking

June 8, 2014 | By More
Editorial: The tide turns and we need different thinking

Editorial: The tide turns and we need different thinking According to the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, from 1975 to 2000 the average Florida house value, measured in constant 2005 dollars, increased steadily from $110,000 to $169,000, a 54 percent gain; pretty incredible.

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Letter: It took 50-years to tell the story, please get it right

June 7, 2014 | By More
Letter: It took 50-years to tell the story, please get it right

Letter: It took 50-years to tell the story, please get it right Derek Boyd Hankerson St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I have written to Dana Ste. Claire asking the “African American Steering Committee” and his office to correct an inaccurate designation given to Dr. Robert Hayling which I now find is being picked up and […]

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Supervisors of Julington Creek CDD reject call for audit

June 7, 2014 | By More
Supervisors of Julington Creek CDD reject call for audit

Letter: Supervisors of Julington Creek CDD reject call for audit Tom O’Leary St Johns, FL Dear Editor: From my research, the Julington Creek Community Development District, like most other CDD entities, was established as a mechanism for developers to issue tax-free bonds to construct improvements to the roads, utilities, storm water systems, parks and recreation […]

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Letter: the activities of journalism must be protected

June 4, 2014 | By More
Letter: the activities of journalism must be protected

Letter: the activities of journalism must be protected Jason Stverak, President Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity Alexandria, VA Dear Editor: I am writing today in response to the US House of Representatives’ addition of a media shield amendment to H.R. 4660.

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Letter: Let gated community residents decide for themselves

June 4, 2014 | By More
Letter: Let gated community residents decide for themselves

Letter: Let gated community residents decide for themselves Morgan H Orlins Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor: On Tuesday night, June 3th, there was a St. Johns County community meeting to discuss proposed changes to Land Development Code amendments and the Comprehensive Plan. At the meeting, County Commissioner Cindy Stevenson was “concerned” that gated communities […]

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Guest: Government may be doing more harm to beach

May 29, 2014 | By More
Guest: Government may be doing more harm to beach

Guest: Government may be doing more harm to beach Bill McClure, District 3 St Johns County Board of Commissioners Memorial Day Weekend was one of the craziest at the beach. More people were upset than I have ever seen. From the Butler Boat Ramp closing without much notice, to 4×4 only signs at the beach […]

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Guest Column: Boating safety this summer

May 28, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: Boating safety this summer

Guest Column: Boating safety this summer David B. Shoar, Sheriff St Johns County, FL It’s great to be sheriff of a county that has so many wonderful assets. Among the top recreational opportunities is both saltwater and freshwater boating. There are very few places in Florida where boats can be launched on the Intracoastal Waterway […]

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Letter: They get golf course, I want hockey

May 25, 2014 | By More
Letter: They get golf course, I want hockey

Letter: They get golf course, I want hockey Morgan H Orlins Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Dear Editor: One of our long-time county commissioners recently announced his desire to be re-elected, claiming that he seeks to “keep our services in place”.

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Letter: Risks when privatizing government assets

May 25, 2014 | By More
Letter: Risks when privatizing government assets

Letter: Risks when privatizing government assets Ellen A Whitmer Fruit Cove, FL Dear Editor: According to her vision statements, Kim Kendall thinks that government assets can be better managed by private corporations; but, there have been numerous examples of private companies having to be bailed out by the people and government.

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Guest Editorial: Memorial Day 2014

May 23, 2014 | By More
Guest Editorial: Memorial Day 2014

Guest Editorial: Memorial Day 2014 Howard O. McGillin, Jr. Colonel, US Army (Retired) St Augustine, FL Memorial Day is the informal start of summer for most Americans. Across the First Coast from Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, stores, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions will transition from winter staffing and scheduling to the hustle and bustle […]

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Letter: Kendall reveals vision for Parks and Rec budget

May 23, 2014 | By More
Letter: Kendall reveals vision for Parks and Rec budget

Letter: Kendall reveals vision for Parks and Rec budget Kim J Kendall St Augustine, FL As a Republican running for the St. Johns County Commission District 2 seat, I have a very specific vision for our Parks & Recreation (Rec) budget.  Having co-founded the St. Johns County Middle School Sports Program, I have dealt with […]

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