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 […]
The consequences of a 2012 ruling in Leon County Circuit Court, holding un-constitutional a congressional map approved by lawmakers that year, are now clear. Judge Terry Lewis on Friday ordered the Legislature to submit a revised map.
Historic City News reporters are disappointed to report that when St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure pled his case for at least two other commissioners to join him in giving direction to the county administrator, Michael Wanchick, to better provide for transportation roadway maintenance and repaving; his concerns fell on deaf ears.
The St Johns County Board of Commissioners heard from the highest paid administrator in its 193-year-history this morning; during a budget workshop that left some Historic City News readers and members of conservative taxpayer groups shaking their collective heads in disbelief.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party Floridians face a Monday 5:00 p.m. deadline to register to vote in the August 26 Primary Election; an election in which many St Johns County voters will decide the outcome some important election contests.
Hear from eight candidates running for two open City of St. Augustine, Florida seats. Rhey Palmer, President of the Neighborhood Council was the moderator for the forum.
Voter registration books will close on Monday, July 28th for the upcoming August 26th Primary Election. This is the last day for Historic City News readers to register to vote or change your party affiliation in St Johns County before the Primary Election.
House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz reported to local Historic City News reporters today that the Florida Legislature does not plan to appeal the ruling that struck down the state’s congressional map drawn in 2012.
Tuesday evening, Historic City News readers who are city voters will have an opportunity to meet and learn from candidates for Seat 3 and Seat 4 on the St Augustine City Commission when the Neighborhood Council of St. Augustine, Inc. will host a moderated forum at the Willie Galimore Center.
The Florida Association of Counties announced to local Historic City News reporters, that St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure, (R) District 3, was recently presented with the Certified County Commissioner designation.
Although Historic City News readers will not know the amounts of funding, if any, that each will be awarded, the ACH Funding Panel heard 3-minute updates from 40 organizations who are vying for a share of millions of dollars collected each year in tourist development tax, for their arts, cultural and heritage facilities, enhancement programs […]
The St Augustine Visioning Steering Committee will convene on July 21st to tabulate public opinion being collected on survey forms that Historic City News has learned have already distributed in the community and are now available online at http://www.VisionStAug.com
Historic City News readers interested in hearing from candidates in the August 26, 2014 Primary Election for two open seats on the St Augustine City Commission, are invited to attend a candidate forum presented by the Neighborhood Council of St. Augustine, Inc.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, a Jacksonville man is blowing the whistle on cell phone surveillance equipment the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has that he says is hijacking our civil liberties.
Historic City News editor, Michael Gold, propped his eyes open for a lengthy Planning and Zoning Board meeting in the Alcazar Room at City Hall this week; one that went on for about two-hours longer than necessary, while applicants paraded to the podium to express their support or criticism for what their neighbors wanted to […]
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced to local Historic City News government reporters, the appointments of two new members and two reappointments to the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, in Region Four.
Seventh Circuit Judge, Carlos E. Mendoza, was confirmed for a seat on the federal bench earlier this week according to an announcement received by Historic City News from Court Communications Officer, Ludmilla Lelis, in Deland. Circuit Judge Clyde E. Wolfe will take over the Putnam County criminal division seat being vacated by Mendoza on August […]
The St. Augustine City Commission voted unanimously last Monday, June 23, to accept Commissioner Roxanne Horvath’s plea for almost $75,000 in consulting fees to pay a Gainesville man to “facilitate” the fifteen-handpicked volunteers that will tell us where we want to be in fifteen or twenty years.
Conservative two-term chairman of the Putnam County Tea Party, and former vice chairman of the St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee, Derek Boyd Hankerson, has announced to Historic City News his campaign seeking election to the Florida Senate, 6th District, which includes St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and a part of Volusia County.
Historic City News followed this morning’s joint meeting of the St Augustine City Commission and members of the St Johns County Commission, and their staffs; there were only three items on the agenda, but, if it was not clear to everyone at the beginning of the meeting, it was certainly clear by the close of […]
Yesterday, a new consultant has reported to Historic City News that St Augustine Republican Senator, John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, will no longer receive special consideration in his bid to become the next president at Florida State University since the April departure of former president Eric Barron.
Along with 57 other bills, Historic City News learned that Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the controversial “warning shot” bill; giving Floridians some protection from criminal prosecution if they threaten to use a firearm, or even if they actually squeeze off a warning shot while defending themselves from a credible threat.
Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes reported to Historic City News this afternoon that at the close of Qualifying Week, today at 12:00 noon, a record had been set for the St Johns County Elections Office – 90 candidates qualified for the 2014 election cycle.
With $15,000 already spent with the Gainesville analytics, strategy, performance and facilitation consultant, Herbert A. Marlowe, Jr., Ph.D., whose work thus far has been what the St Augustine director of public affairs has called “an icebreaker”, the fifteen-member steering committee, calling themselves “Visioning 2014 and Beyond”, says they wish to continue the process, with the […]
If anyone in the St Johns County Administrative Palace is paying attention to our neighbors to the south, in an article that appeared in this morning’s Daytona News Journal, Historic City News learned that the Board of County Commissioners in Bunnell are trying to reduce the property tax rate in Flagler County.
Historic City News observes that, in recent months, the chairman and vice-chair of the St Johns County Commission have become increasingly involved in the politics of the re-election of existing board members and the continuation of six-figure employment contracts; one with a golden parachute so large that it threatens to paralyze the financial health of […]
Historic City News was informed that Tuesday, June 17th, the City of St Augustine will hold a steering committee meeting to review a revised plan and fee schedule that City Public Affairs director, Paul Williamson, says will see the group, and the community, through the completion of the updated vision statement initiative launched earlier this […]
Historic City News believes that the US Veterans Administration is playing a dangerous game of “cat and mouse” with St Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick — one that they will probably lose when the Veterans Clinic reaches the end of their lease extension of space located in the former Health and Human Services Building, now […]