Letter: Shaver sees through new eyes Leonard Pellicer St Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I first became acquainted with Nancy Shaver through letters to the editor she wrote to shed light on several issues being debated in our city. I was struck by her exhaustive research, together with her straightforward, objective reporting of the facts.
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 […]
The reality of government waste phones home By Hannah Bleau Historic City News Special Feature Government waste is one of the most boring subjects to discuss. People automatically shut their brain off. We can talk about how the government wastes tax dollars until we’re blue in the face, but it doesn’t seem to hit close […]
Historic City News convened the members of our editorial review board this morning to discuss and consider which candidates on local ballots could be recommended for election on November 4th. We realize that many readers have obtained an absentee ballot and are voting now. On next Monday, October 20, continuing through November 1, registered voters […]
Nicole Sanders, a thirty-three-year-old law student at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, reports to Historic City News in St Augustine that she has uncovered evidence that suggests that Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist, used his position when he was governor to “sell” judicial appointments in exchange for political campaign contributions.
Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes informed Historic City News Friday that the red absentee ballot drop boxes were distributed by Elections Office staff members and are now available so voters may drop off their voted absentee ballots for the General Election.
St Johns County Supervisor of Elections, Vicky Oakes, reminds Historic City News readers that Monday, October 6, is the last day to register to vote in the November General Election. Qualified voters must register before the close of business on Monday directly with the Elections Office, at one of the designated registration locations like St […]
The contentious relationship between the US Veterans Administration and St Johns County continues with the county withdrawing one option from consideration after Historic City News learned that there has been no response from the government agency regarding their local Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
Just hours before this year’s final public hearing on the City of St Augustine’s 2014-2015 budget and related ordinance approvals, Historic City News learned that the City’s website, used to notify the public of the agenda and backup materials for such meetings, was inoperable.
According to information obtained by Historic City News, overseas ballots have already been mailed to St Johns County voters and, in just one week, domestic absentee ballots for the general election in November will be mailed. However, in the race for Florida Senator Seat 6, between Democrat Kathleen Trued, Greg Feldman who is running without […]
Florida mayor used secular resources for religious purposes FFRF wants pope invite rescinded The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its Florida chapter and more than 21,000 members nationwide, is asking the mayor of St. Augustine to withdraw his invitation to Pope Francis to visit the city when he comes to the U.S. in […]
On September 30, 2014, two new members will join the five-member Planning and Zoning Board in St Augustine; a panel that City Attorney Isabelle Lopez calls the “most important citizen’s board”, and those two people will be selected on Monday evening at the regular meeting of the St Augustine City Commission.
City’s budget process comes to a close Second and last public hearing is Thursday, September 25 at 5:05pm The mayor and St Augustine city commissioners are wrapping up work on and poised to adopt a budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015 this week. All that remains is the final second public hearing which will be […]
Edward R. Wuellner, Executive Director of the St. Augustine ‐ St. Johns County Airport Authority, reported that at last night’s meeting, the members voted not to assess ad valorem taxes.
Historic City News has received a copy of a letter from Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron to Thomas Wisnieski, Director of the North Florida and South Georgia Veterans Health System, concerning the Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) location in St. Johns County, that indicates the the VA doesn’t know where their veterans actually […]
During tonight’s first public budget hearing of a proposed budget of more than $56 million, the five members of the St Augustine City Commission replayed last Monday night’s regular commission meeting when Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes Kline and Commissioner Leanna Freeman said “no” to a beefed-up budget for the 450th Commemoration department.
With an amended budget submitted for consideration by the St Augustine City Commission tonight, lowering the budget for the City’s 450th Commemoration to $799,320, Mayor Joe Boles, in a display of extreme hubris, made the motion to approve the original, higher budget requested by 450th director, Dana Ste. Claire. The motion was seconded by out-going […]
JIM TURNER, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Special to Historic City News The search for the next president of Florida State University, widely believed to be lined up in favor of influential state Sen. John Thrasher, drew applications before a Tuesday deadline from a number of academics with extensive resumes.
When the city published the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the St Augustine City Commission, a major item of interest for Historic City News readers will be a closer look and discussion of the budget for what some are calling a bloated “450th Commemoration” department.
United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced to Historic City News the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging IRS employee, 36-year-old Charles Corbitt of West Palm Beach with wire fraud. If convicted, Corbitt faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.