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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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Bio: Grant Misterly

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Grant Misterly

GRANT MISTERLY AGE: 38 OCCUPATION: Environmental engineer (specializing in municipal infrastructure). Candidate for: City of St. Augustine Comm – Seat 5

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Bio: Edward George

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Edward George

EDWARD GEORGE AGE: 51 OCCUPATION: Metallurgical and materials science engineer Candidate for: Anastasia Mosq Control Dist. – Seat 4

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Bio: Margaret England

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Margaret England

MARGARET ENGLAND AGE: 64 OCCUPATION: Mortgage Banking. Candidate for:City of St. Aug. Beach Comm. – Group 4

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Bio: Bruce A Maguire

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Bruce A Maguire

BRUCE MAGUIRE AGE: 66 OCCUPATION: Retired Air Force Officer (Command Pilot) Candidate for: Airport Authority Group 3

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Bio: Suzanne W Green

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Suzanne W Green

SUZANNE W. GREEN AGE: 54 OCCUPATION: Attorney at Law Candidate for: Airport Authority Group 1

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Bio: Merrill Paul Roland

October 19, 2014 | By More
Bio: Merrill Paul Roland

MERRILL PAUL ROLAND AGE: 60 OCCUPATION: Retired, former radio/TV announcer/D.J. for Merv Griffin Enterprises. Past president, cellular phone/two-way radio business; gemologist/jeweler; licensed tour guide. County Commission – Dist 4

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Monday is first day of early voting

October 18, 2014 | By More
Monday is first day of early voting

Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes reminds all Historic City News readers that early voting begins Monday for the November 4th General Election in St. Johns County.

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The reality of government waste phones home

October 16, 2014 | By More
The reality of government waste phones home

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 […]

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2014 General Election recommendations

October 15, 2014 | By More
2014 General Election recommendations

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 […]

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Evidence suggests Charlie Crist sold judicial appointments

October 13, 2014 | By More
Evidence suggests Charlie Crist sold judicial appointments

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.

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Absentee ballot drop boxes are now available

October 12, 2014 | By More
Absentee ballot drop boxes are now available

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.

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Monday last day to register to vote in General Election

October 4, 2014 | By | Comments More
Monday last day to register to vote in 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 […]

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County withdraws offer to Veterans Administration

September 30, 2014 | By | Comments More
County withdraws offer to Veterans Administration

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.

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Final budget hearing Thursday for City of St Augustine

September 24, 2014 | By | Comments More
Final budget hearing Thursday for City of St Augustine

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.

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A vote for Thrasher is a vote for someone

September 23, 2014 | By | Comments More
A vote for Thrasher is a vote for someone

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 […]

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Mayor Boles used secular resources for religious purposes

September 22, 2014 | By | Comments More
Mayor Boles used secular resources for religious purposes

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 […]

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Tuesday celebrate National Voter Registration Day

September 22, 2014 | By | Comments More
Tuesday celebrate National Voter Registration Day

The overwhelming majority of Historic City News readers were not counted among the millions of Americans who did not vote in 2012, many because they didn’t know how to register or they missed the registration deadline.

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Monday city will pick two new PZB members

September 20, 2014 | By | Comments More
Monday city will pick two new PZB members

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.

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City’s budget process comes to a close

September 20, 2014 | By | Comments More
City’s budget process comes to a close

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 […]

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Airport Authority – five years without ad valorem tax assessments

September 16, 2014 | By | Comments More
Airport Authority – five years without ad valorem tax assessments

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.

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VA doesn’t know where their veterans live

September 13, 2014 | By | Comments More
VA doesn’t know where their veterans live

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 […]

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Commission split on value of 450th Commemoration

September 11, 2014 | By | Comments More
Commission split on value of 450th Commemoration

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.

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State and County officials get pay raise

September 11, 2014 | By | Comments More
State and County officials get pay raise

Congratulations to St Johns County elected politicians — the official 2013 county population estimate used to compute the 2014-15 salaries is 201,541.  By exceeding the arbitrary 200,000 headcount, you managed to squeak yourselves out a pay raise.

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$938,000 Budget approved for 450th

September 8, 2014 | By | Comments More
$938,000 Budget approved for 450th

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 […]

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Academics join Thrasher in pursuit of FSU presidency

September 7, 2014 | By | Comments More
Academics join Thrasher in pursuit of FSU presidency

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.

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City will reveal amended 450th budget Monday

September 6, 2014 | By | Comments More
City will reveal amended 450th budget Monday

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.

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Veterans take VA to task, repeatedly and loudly

September 5, 2014 | By | Comments More
Veterans take VA to task, repeatedly and loudly

Veterans take VA to task, repeatedly and loudly By Michael Isam Special to Historic City News St. Augustine has not seen such a brouhaha since Mumford and Son turned the well established community way of life on its head.

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IRS employee arrested in tax-refund scheme

September 3, 2014 | By | Comments More
IRS employee arrested in tax-refund scheme

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.

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