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City proposed budget gets some harsh criticism

August 22, 2014 | By More
City proposed budget gets some harsh criticism

The St. Augustine City Commission met in a special meeting on Thursday, August 21 to discuss the 2014-2015 budget. The three hour meeting, held in The Alcazar Room was open to the public.

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Early voting slow with one week until Primary Election

August 19, 2014 | By More
Early voting slow with one week until Primary Election

St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes told Historic City News editor Michael Gold that if 30% of St Johns County’s registered voters cast a ballot in the Primary Election August 26th, she will be pleased. That number may be wishful thinking.

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Early voting in St Johns County starts Friday

August 14, 2014 | By More
Early voting in St Johns County starts Friday

Early voting begins tomorrow, Friday August 15, and Historic City News readers will be exercising their right to vote at six designated early voting locations through Saturday, August 23 across St Johns County.

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Will judge in Florida gerrymandered district case be satisfied?

August 12, 2014 | By More
Will judge in Florida gerrymandered district case be satisfied?

Historic City News has been following the Corrine Brown “longest-running example of Florida congressional district gerrymandering” case since news broke that Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered new districts be drawn before August 15th.

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House, senate committees approve new districts

August 8, 2014 | By More
House, senate committees approve new districts

House, senate committees approve new districts By BRANDON LARRABEE Historic City News partner, News Service of Florida, informed us today that Florida’s house and senate committees APPROVED revised congressional districts Friday, clearing the way for a set of votes that would bring a special legislative session to an end early next week.

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Redistricting proposal released as special session begins

August 7, 2014 | By More
Redistricting proposal released as special session begins

Redistricting proposal released as special session begins By Brandon Larrabee The News Service of Florida Special to Historic City News After lawmakers returned to the Capitol today for a rare August special session, progress is being made to quickly redraw congressional districts so that legislators can return to the campaign trail in the final weeks […]

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The Red Box – not just for movies anymore

August 6, 2014 | By More
The Red Box – not just for movies anymore

Historic City News readers planning on casting an absentee ballot in this year’s Primary Election, will find the encore of a voter service, provided by the elections office, to be a convenient time-saver.

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Money flows to political consultant in redistricting case

August 5, 2014 | By More
Money flows to political consultant in redistricting case

Two committees linked to incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, have paid nearly $150,000 during the past month to a Gainesville political-consulting firm embroiled in a legal fight about redistricting records, according to finance reports submitted to the state.

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Shaver reacts when Boles suffers spell of Pinocchio syndrome

August 5, 2014 | By More
Shaver reacts when Boles suffers spell of Pinocchio syndrome

Historic City News reporters and our subscribers from the tourism and hospitality industries engaged in a well-attended, but un-broadcast, public forum that brought together incumbents and their challengers at the Lewis Auditorium on the Flagler College campus last night.

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St Johns County circuit court judges on trial

August 5, 2014 | By More
St Johns County circuit court judges on trial

St Johns County League of Women Voters have announced to Historic City News that there has been a last-minute Candidate Forum change for tonight’s event.

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Gerrymandering threatens congressional districts

August 3, 2014 | By More
Gerrymandering threatens congressional districts

Leon County Circuit Judge, Terry Lewis, ruled in July that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts in 2010. Instead of performing the 10-year redistricting project based on U.S. Census numbers, the court found that the methodology used primarily was to the benefit of the Republican Party of Florida. The state’s voters have adopted […]

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Judge Lewis: Florida MUST revise congressional districts

August 1, 2014 | By More
Judge Lewis: Florida MUST revise congressional districts

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.

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Commission unmoved by call for transportation dollars

July 29, 2014 | By More
Commission unmoved by call for transportation dollars

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.

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Tentative millage approved TRIM notices can be mailed

July 29, 2014 | By More
Tentative millage approved TRIM notices can be mailed

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.

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Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party

July 28, 2014 | By More
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party

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.

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St Augustine City Commission and Mayor candidate forum

July 24, 2014 | By More
St Augustine City Commission and Mayor candidate forum

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.

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Voter registration closes for August 26th Primary Election

July 22, 2014 | By More
Voter registration closes for August 26th Primary Election

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.

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City Attorney Ronald W Brown calls it quits

July 15, 2014 | By More
City Attorney Ronald W Brown calls it quits

Historic City News received word straight from the source yesterday afternoon, and last night, St Augustine’s City Attorney, Ronald Wayne Brown, confirmed his retirement from that position to pursue other interests.

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Legislators will not appeal adverse gerrymandering ruling

July 15, 2014 | By More
Legislators will not appeal adverse gerrymandering ruling

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.

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City voters — DON’T be confused Tuesday night

July 14, 2014 | By More
City voters — DON’T be confused Tuesday night

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.

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McClure recognized for completing Certified Commissioner training

July 11, 2014 | By More
McClure recognized for completing Certified Commissioner training

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.

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Funding panel releases scores, TDC will recommend funding

July 10, 2014 | By More
Funding panel releases scores, TDC will recommend funding

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 […]

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10-question survey, $75,000 – Your opinion, priceless

July 9, 2014 | By More
10-question survey, $75,000 – Your opinion, priceless

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

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St Augustine mayor and commission candidates square off

July 7, 2014 | By More
St Augustine mayor and commission candidates square off

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.

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Highest paid local public employees

July 5, 2014 | By More
Highest paid local public employees

According to figures obtained by Historic City News this week from the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research in Tallahassee, as of FY-2012, the average income in the state was $41.012 per year.

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Jacksonville citizen watchdog uncovers cell phone tracker

July 4, 2014 | By More
Jacksonville citizen watchdog uncovers cell phone tracker

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.

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Valdes to Dixon: “There’s crap and then there’s crap”

July 3, 2014 | By More
Valdes to Dixon: “There’s crap and then there’s crap”

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 […]

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Mason receives gubernatorial appointment to Planning Council

July 2, 2014 | By More
Mason receives gubernatorial appointment to Planning Council

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.

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Senate confirms Mendoza as new federal judge

June 29, 2014 | By More
Senate confirms Mendoza as new federal judge

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 […]

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Horvath moves vision forward – Marlowe fully funded

June 28, 2014 | By More
Horvath moves vision forward – Marlowe fully funded

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.

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