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Work waivers extended to SNAP recipients

December 18, 2014 | By More
Work waivers extended to SNAP recipients

SNAP: “Temporary” work waivers approved for seventh straight year By William Patrick Florida Watchdog Since 2009, Florida’s most able-bodied recipients of government food assistance have been exempt from work requirements. The “temporary” waiver will continue in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which distributes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — called food stamps […]

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Visioning Steering Committee meets Monday

December 12, 2014 | By More
Visioning Steering Committee meets Monday

The City’s Visioning Committee reported to Historic City News that they will convene Monday, December 15th for the purpose of reviewing suggestions offered during last month’s public town hall meeting.

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Lawyer for ex-450th fundraiser threatens to sue City

December 8, 2014 | By More
Lawyer for ex-450th fundraiser threatens to sue City

The wait for the other shoe to drop is over. On Friday, the City Manager and City Attorney received a letter from Daytona Beach attorney Kelly Parsons Kwiatek with the Cobb Cole law firm, claiming that the City violated the civil rights of former 450th Commemoration fundraiser, Charles Robert Seraphin.

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Annual report of local government wages

December 5, 2014 | By More
Annual report of local government wages

As local governments are just beginning their Fiscal Year, 2014-2015, Historic City News updated our annual poll of government employees and made some interesting observations.

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School District evaluations released by State

December 3, 2014 | By More
School District evaluations released by State

Historic City News received preliminary results from the Florida Department of Education district personnel evaluations which have been posted online. The Department will post an updated report as additional information is received.

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Commission will consider format for meetings

November 30, 2014 | By More
Commission will consider format for meetings

Before their closing comments Monday night, the newly constituted City Commission in St Augustine will consider adoption of Resolution 2014-42, providing for the Operating Policies, Rules and Procedures of the City Commission.

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Its election time again

November 29, 2014 | By More
Its election time again

The Special Primary Election for Florida Senate District 6, Florida House District 17 and District 24, will be held on January 27, 2015. The Special General Election will be held on April 7, 2015 and candidates are already lining up for the high stakes game of musical chairs precipitated by Florida Senator John Thrasher’s decision […]

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New city officials assume office on Monday

November 29, 2014 | By More
New city officials assume office on Monday

Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince will be in St Augustine Monday evening to perform the investiture of the city’s new mayor, Nancy Shaver. Freshman commissioner, Todd Neville, and returning commissioner, Nancy Sikes-Kline, will be installed by County Court Judge Charles J. Tinlin.

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Consultant stalls e-mail release in gerrymandering case

November 21, 2014 | By More
Consultant stalls e-mail release in gerrymandering case

The Gainesville-based political consultants at Data Targeting asked the Florida Supreme Court to delay the release of emails and documents that could expose the role they played in drawing new congressional districts.

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Cyndi Stevenson saying goodbye to commission

November 21, 2014 | By More
Cyndi Stevenson saying goodbye to commission

Historic City News was informed that St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson submitted her irrevocable notice of resignation to both St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes, and Florida Governor Rick Scott this week.

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Smith joins County Commission as Vice Chair

November 19, 2014 | By More
Smith joins County Commission as Vice Chair

The St Johns County Board of County Commissioners held its reorganization meeting yesterday morning following the November 4th General Election. The City of St Augustine will install its new commissioners on December 1, 2014.

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Letter: Hankerson not running for state legislature

November 17, 2014 | By More
Letter: Hankerson not running for state legislature

Letter: Hankerson not running for state legislature Derek Boyd Hankerson St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: After consulting with my family I have decided not to run for either the state house or senate. I have an aging mother; and, my wife, family, and I hanker to continue traveling and seeing the world as we have […]

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Click on your cell phone could be Big Brother

November 15, 2014 | By More
Click on your cell phone could be Big Brother

Click on your cell phone could be Big Brother From Wall Street Journal No, you’re not being paranoid. The government has airplanes roaming the skies pulling data from your cell phone, according to a new report from the The Wall Street Journal. Using devices mounted on aircraft flying high overhead, the federal government is gathering […]

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Supreme Court Justice Quince to install mayor

November 14, 2014 | By More
Supreme Court Justice Quince to install mayor

Glenda Larry confirmed for local Historic City News reporters that during the special organizational meeting of the St Augustine City Commission, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince has agreed to perform the investiture of mayor-elect Nancy Shaver, and County Court Judge Charles J. Tinlin will install Commissioner Todd Neville, and returning commissioner, Nancy Sikes-Kline.

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Visioning Town Hall comes to Galimore Center

November 13, 2014 | By More
Visioning Town Hall comes to Galimore Center

The City of St Augustine has informed Historic City News local reporters that our readers are encouraged to attend and participate when the steering committee for the City’s visioning initiative holds a “town hall” meeting on Monday and collects feedback from residents about the work that has been done thus far.

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Thrasher, Renuart, and Hutson all resign their office

November 10, 2014 | By More
Thrasher, Renuart, and Hutson all resign their office

Historic City News has confirmed that St Augustine Senator John Thrasher, Senate District 6, will be making his way to Tallahassee to accept the position of president of Florida State University, even though he just won re-election to the Florida Senate about a week ago during the General Election.

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Boles’ defeat means Monday is last meeting as mayor

November 9, 2014 | By More
Boles’ defeat means Monday is last meeting as mayor

After losing in the General Election to Lincolnville resident, Nancy Shaver, outgoing Mayor Joe Boles will preside over his last meeting of the St Augustine City Commission Monday night, November 10, 2014. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Historic City News was informed that there will be no second meeting of the commission in November.

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Cost of financing a city campaign

November 5, 2014 | By More
Cost of financing a city campaign

Historic City News always checks the financial reports filed by political candidates, at least the ones who successfully make it to the General Elections. A standard metric for campaign managers is their budget for each vote. We took a look at the preliminary numbers which will adjust slightly when the campaigns file their final report.

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Today’s Recommendations

November 4, 2014 | By More
Today’s Recommendations

St Johns County voters go to the polls today to select who will be their government representatives for the next two or four years; as has been the tradition for years, Historic City News has published its recommendations based on our observations of the candidates and an informal vote of our Editorial Review Board, our […]

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Voting procedure for St Johns County Tuesday

November 3, 2014 | By More
Voting procedure for St Johns County Tuesday

Vicky Oakes, St Johns County Supervisor of Elections, reviewed with local Historic City News reporters the election and voting process that will be underway beginning and 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday November 4, 2014. As you mark your ballot, please consider your choices carefully, and please “vote smart”.

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Politicians in high gear for last week of early voting

October 31, 2014 | By More
Politicians in high gear for last week of early voting

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater, (R) was touring St Augustine this morning and stopped to speak with Historic City News and Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, who was waving her campaign sign at the west end of the Bridge of Lions as the last week of early voting comes to an end.

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Seraphin given 30-day notice of termination

October 29, 2014 | By More
Seraphin given 30-day notice of termination

Historic City News was informed today that Charlie Seraphin, the man who appeared on the city payroll in 2012, earning $70,000 a year plus benefits to augment the 450th Commemoration fundraising efforts of Dana Ste. Claire and the defunct First America Foundation before him, has been terminated.

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City waste water treatment staff receives award

October 29, 2014 | By More
City waste water treatment staff receives award

Two staff members for the city’s Public Works Department reported to Historic City News that two staff members were recently recognized for the department’s pioneering work in the treatment of waste water. Martha Graham, Director of Public Works, and Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst, were recipients of the Gascoigne Waste Water Treatment Plant Operational Improvement […]

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County makes demand for an honest VA response

October 27, 2014 | By More
County makes demand for an honest VA response

Historic City News has obtained a copy of correspondence to the Executive Director in the Office of Construction and Facilities Management concerning the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic; requesting a formal response identifying a definite date the VA will be vacating the existing location, as well as the location of the interim clinic location for […]

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Financial questions circling the Mumford concert

October 23, 2014 | By More
Financial questions circling the Mumford concert

Historic City News became aware of recent financial questions circling around the relationship between the City of St Augustine and AC Entertainment, the concert promoter who produced the Mumford and Sons two-day Gentlemen of the Road stopover held September 13, and concluding September 14, 2013.

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Jerry Cameron Receives Leadership Award

October 22, 2014 | By More
Jerry Cameron Receives Leadership Award

Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare honored St. Johns County Assistant Administrator, Jerry Cameron, with a Community Leadership award this month for his role in integrating behavioral healthcare services into the County’s health care support system, according to an announcement received by Historic City News.

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Jay Morris aids Ben Rich in attack on Commissioner McClure

October 21, 2014 | By More
Jay Morris aids Ben Rich in attack on Commissioner McClure

Once again, County Commission chairman, Jay Morris, allows the public to make politically motivated comments during this morning’s regular meeting — and, once again, District 3 commissioner Bill McClure is the victim of the attack.

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Flushing of city fire hydrants begins tomorrow

October 21, 2014 | By More
Flushing of city fire hydrants begins tomorrow

The City of St Augustine reports that starting tomorrow; they will finally have an explanation for instances of reduced water pressure and discolored water for Historic City News readers who live or work in the city — south of King Street between the Matanzas and San Sebastian Rivers.

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Bio: Herb Rippe

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Herb Rippe

HERB RIPPE AGE: 62 OCCUPATION: Retired Candidate for: Port Waterway and Beach – Group 3

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Bio: Nancy Sikes-Kline

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Nancy Sikes-Kline

NANCY SIKES-KLINE AGE: 57 OCCUPATION: Land Use Planner in northeast Florida since 1984 with experience in historic preservation, transportation, zoning, and comprehensive planning. As a current City Commissioner/Vice Mayor, I am prepared with real experience and practical training to address the complex issues facing the city. Candidate for: City of St. Augustine Comm – Seat […]

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