Letter: Living history interpretation is not street performing Ron Berben St. Augustine, FL Dear Editor: I think the vast majority of people can agree that it is our city’s colorful history that makes St Augustine a special place to live, work, and visit.
Last year, Historic City News reported that the Florida legislature passed new ethics legislation requiring that Commissioners and other Constitutional Officers take four hours of Ethics programming each calendar year.
Gala balls and black-tie fundraisers under the microscope by MICHAEL GOLD, STATE EDITOR Watchdog Wire – Florida Historic City News noted that the mayor’s black-tie fundraiser, held in Palm Beach County last night, is being called a “test” for the community’s newly hardened anti-corruption ethics reform rules.
The Death of American Privacy By: Hannah Bleau Citizen journalist and Flagler College student, Hannah Bleau, is attending the Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 in Washington D.C., and, as a Historic City News intern covering political stories, she filed this report from the National Security Agency Privacy Panel discussion.
“I recommend that unless there is clear compliance with the terms of the agreement, the County provide notice of default as provided under Articles 25 and 26 of the agreement,” words of advice to the St Johns County Commission from County Attorney Patrick McCormack to begin the process of terminating the St Johns Cultural Council.
The City of St. Augustine’s contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 2014 Commemoration is the Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience exhibition and citywide Journey Passport program, according to Dana Ste. Claire, Executive Director of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Department.
Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, describes reforms to Florida’s broad public records laws which passed through a Florida senate panel yesterday, as “fabulous”. A companion bill, HB 1151, by Rep. Dave Hood, R-Daytona Beach, is pending in the House.
Sen Ted Cruz energizes annual conservative conference By: Hannah Bleau Citizen journalist and Flagler College student, Hannah Bleau, is attending the Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 in Washington D.C., and, as a Historic City News intern covering political stories, she filed this report on the grand opening ceremonies.
If you are a candidate for a political office, tonight’s candidate workshop, hosted by St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes, was where you needed to be. About 22 St Johns County men and women, veteran reporter Peter Guinta, Historic City News editor Michael Gold, and two senior staff members from the Elections Office, […]
It’s not a law yet, but HB-7023, introduced by St Johns County State Representative Travis Hutson, would exempt new developments from concurrency fees, one of many provisions in a large economic development package that passed the House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday.
As Historic City News readers prepare to take out their constitutional rights and give them a little exercise in the next couple of weeks, some great activity ideas have been shared with the office by fellow citizen watchdogs who are participating in “Sunshine Week” March 16th – 22nd, 2014.
During Monday night’s regular meeting of the St Augustine Beach city commission, Dr. David P. Rice, senior pastor for Ancient City Baptist Church, did not rise to the podium to offer an invocation to those attending; he rose, instead, in defense of the St Johns Cultural Council where he serves as president — the beleaguered […]
Reporting to Historic City News from Tallahassee this afternoon, State Representative Ronald “Doc” Renuart (R-Ponte Vedra Beach) brought us up-to-date on today’s opening session with some good news that have a direct, positive impact on St Augustine.
On the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the St Augustine Beach City Commission, commissioners will take up the lingering issues surrounding the lease between the City and the St Johns Cultural Council.
Watchdog Wire Florida State Editor, Michael Gold, announced today that Historic City News will engage our readers, and our local government, March 16-22; a week dedicated to two of our favorite things — government transparency and accountability.
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections, Vicky Oakes, informed Historic City News that she will offer a “Candidate Workshop” for voters interested in running for public office on Thursday, March 6, 2014 starting at 5:30 PM in the Elections Office training room at 4455 Avenue A, Suite #101 in St. Augustine.
Historic City News reporters watched as the City of St Augustine mayor and commissioners voted during their regular meeting Monday night to sell the 102 Bridge Street property for an $80,000 capital loss, without giving further consideration to a higher all-cash offer.
Historic City News learned that yesterday, Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols, the newest jurist in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, was sworn into office at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand by Chief Judge Terence Perkins yesterday; and, she has already started work.
In a move that has the local Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Joyner, and Commissioner of Education, Pamela Stewart, clearly frustrated and speaking out against the ruling, the First District Court of Appeals of Florida ruled that the Department of Education must release value-added method (VAM) scores of public school teachers.
Public Works Deputy Director, Todd Grant, reported to Historic City News that the City of St Augustine will hold an open house meeting on Thursday, February 27, to discuss conceptual plans for the upcoming South Dixie Highway construction project.
February 18 – County Commission Meeting County Commission action items: February 18 The St Johns County Board of County Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The following action items are reported to Historic City News by St Johns County Communications Specialist, Milton Soto.
Historic City News readers will be interested to attend tomorrow, Thursday, February 20, beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the St Augustine Historic Architectural Review Board convenes their regular business meeting in the Alcazar Room at City Hall, located at 75 King Street in St Augustine.
Fidgeting like a cat on a hot tin roof, St Johns Cultural Council executive director, Andy Witt, was called before the members of the Tourist Development Council to explain exactly how the embattled local arts agency expects to implement the next round of special event funding from bed tax funds earmarked for Arts, Cultural and […]
In late December, Historic City News reported that a Request for Qualifications for Professional Consulting Services for a Community Visioning Initiative Facilitator was published by the city and seven applicants responded before the January 17, 2014 deadline.
County Commission action items: February 4 The St Johns County Board of County Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The following action items are reported to Historic City News by St Johns County Communications Specialist, Milton Soto.
When the evaluations were released to Historic City News, scoring how well the St Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau and St Johns Cultural Council performed against the mission of their individual contracts with St Johns County, a very disturbing outcome in the manner in which the current chairman of the St Johns County Board […]