Letter: Fiddlers Green is financial millstone Randy Covington St Johns, FL Dear Editor: The Fiddlers Green boondoggle is that special kind of pork barrel spending that just will not die. The county acquired the property in 2006 for the staggeringly out of bounds price of $5.5 million dollars.
Tomorrow, May 21st, Historic City News learned that patriots across the country will be hitting the streets to protest the recent revelation that the Internal Revenue Service was used to harass and abuse US citizens who are Tea Party members and members of other conservative Patriot groups.
Florida TaxWatch urged Governor Rick Scott to veto 107 budget items Thursday, including three in St Augustine, but top Florida Senate leaders said the policy-study organization’s annual list of financial “turkeys” is a worn-out publicity gimmick — intended more to get publicity for TaxWatch than to safeguard the taxpayers’ money.
Pledging to get the unpopular item on the City Commission agenda for approval at the June 10th commission meeting, Assistant City Manager Tim Burchfield met with Lincolnville residents and business owners yesterday; informing them that, no later than the June 24th meeting, construction of horse stables could get the “go ahead” needed to move forward.
Historic City News has championed a cause during this year’s legislative session that will improve the public’s ability to be heard in public meetings; a sentiment echoed at Monday night’s meeting of the St Augustine City Commission by frequent public speaker, Betty Jane (B.J.) Kalaidi.
Sheriff David Shoar will hold a dedication ceremony tomorrow morning; celebrating the renaming of the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office building to the Sheriff Neil J Perry Criminal Justice Complex in honor of his mentor and predecessor in office; who held the seat for 20-years before he retired.
At a time in St Johns County’s history when property values are near an all-time low, one of our two assistant county administrators has warned the actual county administrator that time is running out to make a decision on where to house the Health and Human Services Center beginning March 29, 2015.
Historic City News has learned that both the Senate and House have rejected expanding the state’s Medicaid program for low income citizens because each had widely different plans for an alternative, according to Florida Senate sponsor Joe Negron.