Letter: Education key to bicyclist’s safety Ron Berben St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: The recent attention given to the hit-and-run death of 43-year-old Randy Wayne Miller has brought the safety of our bicyclists in the city to the discussion table. I have always been a supporter of our cyclists in this city and always will […]
St Augustine and St Johns County cable television franchisee Comcast Communications, who delivers television programing produced and operated by St Johns County “GTV”, delivered some bad news to its city and county clients, according to an announcement received by Historic City News today.
December 3 – County Commission Meeting The regular meeting of the St Johns County Board of Commissioners was held Tuesday December 3, 2013, in the County Auditorium in the St Johns County Administration Palace located at 500 San Sebastian View in St Augustine.
Historic City News learned from local Associated Press reports that a group of Christians celebrated the placement of a Nativity scene in Florida’s state capitol rotunda yesterday as a means of combating what they called persistent efforts to drive religion from public life.
By the close of business Friday, Historic City News learned that elections officials around the state were scratching their heads as they read a directive distributed by Secretary of State Ken Detzner which has a direct impact on how St Johns County voters cast their absentee ballots in the upcoming 2014 elections.
All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, branches of the Public Library, and the Pet Center will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.
Historic City News was notified that city staff will survey and devise a management plan for future use of the public beach property at Lighthouse Park; including the posting of public areas, connecting beach areas with public streets, and designing an area to be used for regulated boat storage.
In what some are calling a “surprise”, and others are calling “expected”, the last junior member of the St Johns County Board of Commissioners has been tapped to serve as Vice Chairman. Rachael Bennett, who defeated the sitting chairman, Ken Bryan, in the last Republican Primary Election, was nominated by Ron Sanchez, seconded by Jay […]
During this morning’s meeting of the St Johns County commission, Historic City News learned that Dr. Predrag Bulic has accomplished a goal which he set out to achieve when he began employment as the District 23 Chief Medical Examiner; national accreditation for his office that investigates all violent, suspicious or unusual deaths.
The St Augustine City Commission will host the St Johns County Board of County Commissioners during a joint, public workshop to address two issues of mutual concern; previously covered by Historic City News.
Historic City News has been notified that a one-time prominent home in the Model Land Company Historic District, is set to be demolished if the owner receives the approval being sought from the Historic Architectural Review Board.
Telling reporters in a televised newscast yesterday, St Johns County Commission chairman, Jay Morris, said the goal of a top-to-bottom analysis of county services is to avoid doing the very thing his critics say he has been guilty of during the past two budget years — “kicking the can down the road”.
Historic City News reporters were notified by Lt. Col. James Evans at Department of Military Affairs HQ in St Augustine, that today marks the first day that same-sex domestic partners of military members may enroll to receive spousal benefits.
St. Johns County Tax Collector Dennis W. Hollingsworth, CFC, is alerting all Historic City News readers to be watching their mailboxes as local property tax bills were sent via email and snail-mail yesterday, October 31st. All payments can be made, effective immediately.
Sheriff Nick Finch spoke to Historic City News yesterday from the steps of the Liberty County Courthouse, where he was joined by his wife, Angela, and 16-year-old daughter, Amber. Finch was acquitted of allegations that he improperly freed a concealed-weapons suspect whom he decided was just exercising his Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The City of St Augustine announced to Historic City News local reporters that the public will be invited to speak at Monday morning’s workshop; the second held in furtherance of Commissioner Roxanne Horvath’s agenda to revisit the current city-wide vision statement and documents compiled in 1995.
Melissa Lundquist, manager of the St Johns County Board of County Commissioners, has invited Historic City News readers who would like to participate on a local government advisory committee or volunteer board to take a more active role in county government by applying for one of a variety of current vacancies.
Historic City News reported when St Johns County Supervisor of Elections, Vicky Oakes, traveled to Jacksonville on October 4, to participate in a Project Integrity roundtable with Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, and other area supervisors of elections, to discuss the coming purge of non-citizens from Florida voter registration rolls.
At least for the coming year, four parade events in St Augustine that would have been subjected to $15,915.50 in new fees, under an unpopular ordinance that went into effect June 1st, have each received waivers allowing them to hold their traditional celebrations without the fee.
Since a new ordinance went into effect June 1st, the few parades, races or processions still held in St Augustine, known as “Right-of-Way events”, are required to fully reimburse the city from a menu of estimated costs; ostensibly incurred for the use of public streets or other city resources.
When Grant Misterly reached the end of his maximum term on the Planning and Zoning Board and James McCune decided not to reapply, John Valdes resigned his seat on the Historic Architectural Review Board and was appointed to the PZB; leaving a vacancy for his unexpired term.
Historic City News readers will note that at the last meeting of the St Augustine City Commission, on October 14, a presentation was given to the commissioners that summarized the accomplishments and needs of the Stormwater Utility. At Monday’s night’s meeting, a first reading of a new ordinance will be heard.