POLITICS IN ST JOHNS

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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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St Johns resident enters District 6 race for Florida Senate

June 27, 2014 | By More
St Johns resident enters District 6 race for Florida Senate

Conservative two-term chairman of the Putnam County Tea Party, and former vice chairman of the St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee, Derek Boyd Hankerson, has announced to Historic City News his campaign seeking election to the Florida Senate, 6th District, which includes St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and a part of Volusia County.

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Joint meeting: John Regan Show

June 25, 2014 | By More
Joint meeting: John Regan Show

Historic City News followed this morning’s joint meeting of the St Augustine City Commission and members of the St Johns County Commission, and their staffs; there were only three items on the agenda, but, if it was not clear to everyone at the beginning of the meeting, it was certainly clear by the close of […]

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Thrasher loses insider’s track on university appointment

June 25, 2014 | By More
Thrasher loses insider’s track on university appointment

Yesterday, a new consultant has reported to Historic City News that St Augustine Republican Senator, John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, will no longer receive special consideration in his bid to become the next president at Florida State University since the April departure of former president Eric Barron.

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Governor Scott signs “warning shot” and “pop tart” bills

June 21, 2014 | By More
Governor Scott signs “warning shot” and “pop tart” bills

Along with 57 other bills, Historic City News learned that Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the controversial “warning shot” bill; giving Floridians some protection from criminal prosecution if they threaten to use a firearm, or even if they actually squeeze off a warning shot while defending themselves from a credible threat.

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Candidates filing for election in St Johns County set record

June 20, 2014 | By More
Candidates filing for election in St Johns County set record

Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes reported to Historic City News this afternoon that at the close of Qualifying Week, today at 12:00 noon, a record had been set for the St Johns County Elections Office – 90 candidates qualified for the 2014 election cycle.

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ELECTED – Candidates qualified without opposition

June 20, 2014 | By More
ELECTED – Candidates qualified without opposition

Historic City News editor Michael Gold was at the St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office this afternoon as Qualifying Week for the 2014 Primary and General Election of City, County and special taxing districts drew to a close.

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Who saw this coming: Horvath to spend $74,000 on “vision”

June 19, 2014 | By More
Who saw this coming: Horvath to spend $74,000 on “vision”

With $15,000 already spent with the Gainesville analytics, strategy, performance and facilitation consultant, Herbert A. Marlowe, Jr., Ph.D., whose work thus far has been what the St Augustine director of public affairs has called “an icebreaker”, the fifteen-member steering committee, calling themselves “Visioning 2014 and Beyond”, says they wish to continue the process, with the […]

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St Johns County could learn from Flagler on budget and administrator

June 18, 2014 | By More
St Johns County could learn from Flagler on budget and administrator

If anyone in the St Johns County Administrative Palace is paying attention to our neighbors to the south, in an article that appeared in this morning’s Daytona News Journal, Historic City News learned that the Board of County Commissioners in Bunnell are trying to reduce the property tax rate in Flagler County.

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Bennett on hot seat – Kendall says let the sunshine in

June 17, 2014 | By More
Bennett on hot seat – Kendall says let the sunshine in

Historic City News observes that, in recent months, the chairman and vice-chair of the St Johns County Commission have become increasingly involved in the politics of the re-election of existing board members and the continuation of six-figure employment contracts; one with a golden parachute so large that it threatens to paralyze the financial health of […]

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Controversial vision steering committee meets Tuesday

June 16, 2014 | By More
Controversial vision steering committee meets Tuesday

Historic City News was informed that Tuesday, June 17th, the City of St Augustine will hold a steering committee meeting to review a revised plan and fee schedule that City Public Affairs director, Paul Williamson, says will see the group, and the community, through the completion of the updated vision statement initiative launched earlier this […]

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5,000 St Johns County veterans may lose clinic

June 14, 2014 | By More
5,000 St Johns County veterans may lose clinic

Historic City News believes that the US Veterans Administration is playing a dangerous game of “cat and mouse” with St Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick — one that they will probably lose when the Veterans Clinic reaches the end of their lease extension of space located in the former Health and Human Services Building, now […]

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

June 13, 2014 | By More
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

Historic City News reporters will rest up this weekend because, beginning at noon Monday, and continuing until noon Friday, June 20, 2014, St Johns County and municipal candidates will qualify to appear on the August 26th Primary Election ballot, and we’ll be here reporting the turns, spills, and drama in the pit as some of […]

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Saviak co-authors public-private partnerships guide

June 12, 2014 | By More
Saviak co-authors public-private partnerships guide

State and local officials have a new resource to learn how to work with private businesses thanks to a guide co-authored by Flagler College Associate Professor Joe Saviak.

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Elections office announces 2014 polling places

June 12, 2014 | By More
Elections office announces 2014 polling places

Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections for St Johns County, reported to local Historic City News reporters that the list of 40 polling places for the fall elections have been finalized and are posted on her website.

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Visioning: Marlowe offers $25,000 reduction on fee

June 10, 2014 | By More
Visioning: Marlowe offers $25,000 reduction on fee

Following the steering committee members’ reports to the St Augustine City Commission last night, together with mixed public comment, Historic City News learned that the proposed “facilitator” for the project, Herb Marlowe, has submitted a revised proposed plan and fee schedule for the completion of the visioning initiative.

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