Letter: Update on King Street repairs Bruce A. Maguire St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: Tuesday afternoon, Jessica Clark interviewed me from First Coast News inquiring about the status of road and sidewalk repairs included in the King Street project.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
“I recommend that unless there is clear compliance with the terms of the agreement, the County provide notice of default as provided under Articles 25 and 26 of the agreement,” words of advice to the St Johns County Commission from County Attorney Patrick McCormack to begin the process of terminating the St Johns Cultural Council.