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John Stemberger Endorses Kim Kendall

April 18, 2014 | By More
John Stemberger Endorses Kim Kendall

John Stemberger, Florida’s leading pro-family advocate, has informed Historic City News that he is recommending St Johns County voters to cast their ballots for Republican candidate Kim Kendall for County Commissioner, District 2.

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Governor visits Grumman this afternoon

April 17, 2014 | By More
Governor visits Grumman this afternoon

About 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Florida Governor Rick Scott will visit the Northrop Grumman plant at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, according to the Historic City News sources in the Executive Office.

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Voters say “enough” County GOP resolves no tax increase

April 11, 2014 | By More
Voters say “enough” County GOP resolves no tax increase

Thursday night, April 10th, during a somewhat contentious meeting of the Republican Party in St Johns County, Chairman Sean Mulhall held a discussion on a motion to adopt a resolution of the Executive Committee supporting lower taxation and economic freedom.

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Democrat stalls on emergency gun Bill – short of Zombie apocalypse

April 10, 2014 | By More
Democrat stalls on emergency gun Bill – short of Zombie apocalypse

Friday vote will decide future for Florida gun Bills Historic City News learned that the bill allowing gun owners to pack their weapons when fleeing a hurricane or other emergency is moving swiftly in the Florida Legislature. Yesterday, Florida Current reporter Bill Cotterell caught Representative Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen as she explained her bill that would […]

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Appeals Court affirms District ruling of 4th Amendment violations

April 9, 2014 | By More
Appeals Court affirms District ruling of 4th Amendment violations

An order received by Historic City News, dated April 8th, confirmed that two St Johns County deputy sheriffs, Sergeant Brian Canova and Detective Thomas Marmo, failed to convince the US Court of Appeals, to overturn the judgment of the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida in a lawsuit brought against them by […]

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Response from City on Riberia Point Guest Column

April 5, 2014 | By More
Response from City on Riberia Point Guest Column

Historic City News published a Guest Column last week that revealed a number previously unreported shortcomings and concerns in continuing the proposed relationship with St Augustine Aquarium and the St Johns Children’s Museum.

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April 1 – County Commission Meeting

April 4, 2014 | By More
April 1 – County Commission Meeting

April 1 – County Commission Meeting The regular meeting of the St Johns County Board of Commissioners was held Tuesday April 1, 2014, in the County Auditorium in the St Johns County Administration Palace located at 500 San Sebastian View in St Augustine.

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March 18 – County Commission Meeting

April 4, 2014 | By More
March 18 – County Commission Meeting

March 18 – County Commission Meeting The regular meeting of the St Johns County Board of Commissioners was held Tuesday March 18, 2014, in the County Auditorium in the St Johns County Administration Palace located at 500 San Sebastian View in St Augustine.

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Vehicle registration fees will be reduced September 1

April 3, 2014 | By More
Vehicle registration fees will be reduced September 1

St Johns County Tax Collector, Dennis Hollingsworth, reported to Historic City News that yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the bill that lowers vehicle registration fees and saves state taxpayers millions of dollars.

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City names new Community Development Planner

March 31, 2014 | By More
City names new Community Development Planner

St. Augustine City Manager John Regan announced to Historic City News today that Sharon O’Keefe, a seven-year veteran of the Planning and Building Department, has been promoted to the position of Community Development Planner. The promotion is effective immediately.

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Cutting services is not the only way to reduce government spending

March 30, 2014 | By More
Cutting services is not the only way to reduce government spending

From recently published reports, Historic City News learned that the State of Florida could save as much as $234 million annually — by doing something as simple as changing the font of type used in printing forms and documents.

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Sanchez denies referral to citizens as “outsiders” – tape proves otherwise

March 29, 2014 | By More
Sanchez denies referral to citizens as “outsiders” – tape proves otherwise

I realize that Commissioner Sanchez is technology impaired, but surely as fixated as he seems to be about “security” in the Administration Palace, with his private armed guards, sheriff’s deputies, “secured areas” off limits to “outsiders”, he realizes that the meetings are recorded?

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Ken Detzner to Kimberle Weeks — run the Palm Coast elections

March 28, 2014 | By More
Ken Detzner to Kimberle Weeks — run the Palm Coast elections

Just a day after Historic City News learned that the Supervisor of Elections in Flagler County, Kimberle Weeks, refused to attend a meeting with City of Palm Coast officials and threatened not to run their upcoming election, the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, sent her a letter, telling her that it […]

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City enters land development business

March 26, 2014 | By More
City enters land development business

Historic City News finds that readers interviewed downtown Wednesday morning were surprised to learn that city staff is moving forward “to act as the Master Site Developer for the Riberia Point property”, a role which no one we spoke with was aware or supported.

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Steering committee, facilitator hold vision workshop

March 26, 2014 | By More
Steering committee, facilitator hold vision workshop

Historic City News readers are invited to attend when chairman of the St Augustine Visioning Project steering committee, City Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, convenes their initial public workshop on Saturday, April 5th.

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Pine, Joiner and Water Street improvements

March 22, 2014 | By More
Pine, Joiner and Water Street improvements

The City of St Augustine announced to Historic City News readers interested in the Abbott Tract that a public meeting will be held next week to discuss improvements that are needed to the neighborhood’s aging water, sewer and storm water system.

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Legislators pursue local vacation rental regulation

March 22, 2014 | By More
Legislators pursue local vacation rental regulation

St Johns County Representative Travis Hutson and Senator John Thrasher have updated Historic City News on the status of their House (HB 307) and Senate (SB 356) bills; which, if passed, would remove a preemption placed on local governments in 2011.

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Public access to meetings improved at City Hall

March 21, 2014 | By More
Public access to meetings improved at City Hall

No need to hunt for a parking space or move from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy any more, now that the City of St Augustine has established a high-definition closed circuit broadcast arrangement for public meetings held in the Alcazar Room in City Hall that can be viewed by the public, without cost, over the […]

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10 Days to pay property tax without penalty

March 21, 2014 | By More
10 Days to pay property tax without penalty

St. Johns County Tax Collector, Dennis W. Hollingsworth, C.F.C., reminds all Historic City News readers that 2013 property taxes are due March 31st and considered delinquent April 1st, when a 3% penalty applies.

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Politics, not security behind Sanchez-Morris complaint

March 19, 2014 | By More
Politics, not security behind Sanchez-Morris complaint

Yes, it is Sunshine Week, but you wouldn’t know that in St Johns County Florida after this morning’s meeting of the St Johns County Board of County Commissioners.

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Approval given to exchange $57 million in defaulted bonds

March 18, 2014 | By More
Approval given to exchange $57 million in defaulted bonds

The St Johns County Commission unanimously approved a resolution allowing the issuance of a bond exchange for non-taxable fixed-rate Health Care Refunding Revenue Bonds, originally issued in 2006, through the St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority for Series 2014 bonds for the Glenmoor Project located in the The Neighborhoods Of The Slammer and Squire of […]

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City meets with visioning facilitator

March 17, 2014 | By More
City meets with visioning facilitator

St Augustine Public Affairs Director, Paul Williamson, informed Historic News this afternoon that on Tuesday, March 11th, Commissioner Roxanne Horvath and members of city staff met with the firm facilitating the “2014 and Beyond” visioning initiative, for the purpose of developing a plan of action to launch the program.

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Flagler County engineer catches $600,000 mistake

March 16, 2014 | By More
Flagler County engineer catches $600,000 mistake

Last week Historic City News learned that taxpayers will save $600,000 and preserve 12 acres of highway frontage in Palm Coast thanks to a quick thinking engineer who was reviewing recent drainage-rule changes issued by the St Johns River Water Management District.

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Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew dies today

March 14, 2014 | By More
Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew dies today

Historic City News was informed that 85-year-old Reubin O’Donovan Askew, 37th Governor of Florida and a pivotal figure in Florida politics, died today; he was admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare on Saturday with aspiration pneumonia and had suffered a stroke.

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St Augustine senator chairs Rick Scott campaign

March 12, 2014 | By More
St Augustine senator chairs Rick Scott campaign

St Augustine State Senator, John Thrasher, announced to Historic City News that he has been appointed chairman of the “Rick Scott for Florida” campaign committee; and, as of tomorrow, he will begin airing the first political advertisement featuring the governor talking about his humble roots and commitment to bringing job-generating new business to Florida.

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How are St Johns County governments measuring up?

March 12, 2014 | By More
How are St Johns County governments measuring up?

During Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, citizen journalists across the country will be participating with Historic City News and Florida’s Watchdog Wire contributors to audit their local city and county government websites; evaluating them on their usefulness based on a set of objective standards.

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County to reconsider all nine funding panel members

March 11, 2014 | By More
County to reconsider all nine funding panel members

Historic City News was informed, during the course of a two-week old public records investigation into the St Johns Cultural Council and its management, that instead of considering only the two vacant seats on the beleaguered Arts, Culture, and Heritage Funding Panel, the St Johns County Commission has moved to reconsider all nine funding panel […]

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Ethics training for elected officials now required by law

March 10, 2014 | By More
Ethics training for elected officials now required by law

Last year, Historic City News reported that the Florida legislature passed new ethics legislation requiring that Commissioners and other Constitutional Officers take four hours of Ethics programming each calendar year.

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Gala balls and black-tie fundraisers under the microscope

March 10, 2014 | By More
Gala balls and black-tie fundraisers under the microscope

Gala balls and black-tie fundraisers under the microscope by MICHAEL GOLD, STATE EDITOR Watchdog Wire – Florida Historic City News noted that the mayor’s black-tie fundraiser, held in Palm Beach County last night, is being called a “test” for the community’s newly hardened anti-corruption ethics reform rules.

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The Death of American Privacy

March 9, 2014 | By More
The Death of American Privacy

The Death of American Privacy By: Hannah Bleau Citizen journalist and Flagler College student, Hannah Bleau, is attending the Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 in Washington D.C., and, as a Historic City News intern covering political stories, she filed this report from the National Security Agency Privacy Panel discussion.

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