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Airport Authority – five years without ad valorem tax assessments

September 16, 2014 | By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Lifestyles of rich and famous city officials

August 31, 2014 | By More
Lifestyles of rich and famous city officials

Historic City News has learned that Commissioner Roxanne Horvath is taking a break from her “visioning” project for a few days to waste an estimated $2,553.17 more of the City’s money on a two-week junket with her husband, Peter Rumpel, when they traveled to Aviles and Sevilla, Spain, last Tuesday, August 26th; returning home Sunday, […]

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Delegation arrives from Spain – while mayor is in Spain

August 31, 2014 | By More
Delegation arrives from Spain – while mayor is in Spain

Like ships passing in the night, Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline will need to stand in for St Augustine Mayor Joe Boles on Tuesday to receive an official delegation from our Sister City, Aviles, Spain; while our mayor, and a cadre of city staff members and their spouses are taking a couple of weeks to do some […]

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“Write-ins” withdraw – Smith elected

August 28, 2014 | By More
“Write-ins” withdraw – Smith elected

In a maybe-not-too-surprising move, Historic City News was informed by Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes today that the write-in candidates who closed the Primary Elections have officially withdrawn their names from consideration; causing one county commissioner to be elected without opposition, while the other still faces a challenger whose name will appear on the General […]

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Appeal Court blasts city for refusing transcript of “shade meeting”

August 28, 2014 | By More
Appeal Court blasts city for refusing transcript of “shade meeting”

Historic City News reporters learned that yesterday, the Second District Court of Appeal issued a highly critical opinion of the City of St Petersburg Beach for refusing to release a copy of a public record documenting the discussion in a closed-door meeting attended by elected city officials.

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Boles lead only 29 votes – Shaver plans to win November

August 27, 2014 | By More
Boles lead only 29 votes – Shaver plans to win November

In a race that could have been decided between the two candidates last night, had the field not been corrupted with a spoiler, political newcomer Nancy Shaver of Lincolnville shows St. Augustinians that there is hope for a more fiscally sound, resident-oriented, customer service driven community when she drew all but 29 votes as the […]

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“Outsiders” win – Sanchez out

August 27, 2014 | By More
“Outsiders” win – Sanchez out

During the tabulation of last night’s ballots in the Republican Primary, of 16,888 ballots voted in the District 2 race, 39-year-old Jeb Smith, a fifth-generation farmer, won with 7,286 (43%) votes. Community activist, advocate for children’s education issues, and a former Air Traffic Controller, Kim Kendall, came in second with 5,363 votes (32%).

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Juvenile Justice boots Youth Services International

August 26, 2014 | By More
Juvenile Justice boots Youth Services International

Historic City News has learned that the private company, Youth Services International, can no longer respond to a current invitation to negotiate the contract for the St. Johns Juvenile Correctional Facility Florida because the Department of Juvenile Justice has canceled a contract with the controversial operator of a 40-bed residential facility in Santa Rosa County.

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Birchim appointed City Director of Planning and Building

August 26, 2014 | By More
Birchim appointed City Director of Planning and Building

St. Augustine City Manager John Regan announced to Historic City News that David Birchim has been promoted to the position of Planning and Building Director. Birchim, a near 17-year veteran of the department, has been serving as interim director since the announced retirement of Mark Knight. The promotion is effective today, Tuesday, August 26.

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Guest Column: St Johns County voting information

August 24, 2014 | By More
Guest Column: St Johns County voting information

Guest Column: St Johns County voting information Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections St Johns County, FL Dear Editor: I wanted to put together a few reminders for voting for your readers who have not already voted. Early voting ended Saturday 8/23, so here are your options for voting:

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City proposed budget gets some harsh criticism

August 22, 2014 | By More
City proposed budget gets some harsh criticism

The St. Augustine City Commission met in a special meeting on Thursday, August 21 to discuss the 2014-2015 budget. The three hour meeting, held in The Alcazar Room was open to the public.

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Early voting slow with one week until Primary Election

August 19, 2014 | By More
Early voting slow with one week until Primary Election

St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes told Historic City News editor Michael Gold that if 30% of St Johns County’s registered voters cast a ballot in the Primary Election August 26th, she will be pleased. That number may be wishful thinking.

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Early voting in St Johns County starts Friday

August 14, 2014 | By More
Early voting in St Johns County starts Friday

Early voting begins tomorrow, Friday August 15, and Historic City News readers will be exercising their right to vote at six designated early voting locations through Saturday, August 23 across St Johns County.

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Will judge in Florida gerrymandered district case be satisfied?

August 12, 2014 | By More
Will judge in Florida gerrymandered district case be satisfied?

Historic City News has been following the Corrine Brown “longest-running example of Florida congressional district gerrymandering” case since news broke that Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered new districts be drawn before August 15th.

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House, senate committees approve new districts

August 8, 2014 | By More
House, senate committees approve new districts

House, senate committees approve new districts By BRANDON LARRABEE Historic City News partner, News Service of Florida, informed us today that Florida’s house and senate committees APPROVED revised congressional districts Friday, clearing the way for a set of votes that would bring a special legislative session to an end early next week.

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Redistricting proposal released as special session begins

August 7, 2014 | By More
Redistricting proposal released as special session begins

Redistricting proposal released as special session begins By Brandon Larrabee The News Service of Florida Special to Historic City News After lawmakers returned to the Capitol today for a rare August special session, progress is being made to quickly redraw congressional districts so that legislators can return to the campaign trail in the final weeks […]

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The Red Box – not just for movies anymore

August 6, 2014 | By More
The Red Box – not just for movies anymore

Historic City News readers planning on casting an absentee ballot in this year’s Primary Election, will find the encore of a voter service, provided by the elections office, to be a convenient time-saver.

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Money flows to political consultant in redistricting case

August 5, 2014 | By More
Money flows to political consultant in redistricting case

Two committees linked to incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, have paid nearly $150,000 during the past month to a Gainesville political-consulting firm embroiled in a legal fight about redistricting records, according to finance reports submitted to the state.

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Shaver reacts when Boles suffers spell of Pinocchio syndrome

August 5, 2014 | By More
Shaver reacts when Boles suffers spell of Pinocchio syndrome

Historic City News reporters and our subscribers from the tourism and hospitality industries engaged in a well-attended, but un-broadcast, public forum that brought together incumbents and their challengers at the Lewis Auditorium on the Flagler College campus last night.

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St Johns County circuit court judges on trial

August 5, 2014 | By More
St Johns County circuit court judges on trial

St Johns County League of Women Voters have announced to Historic City News that there has been a last-minute Candidate Forum change for tonight’s event.

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Gerrymandering threatens congressional districts

August 3, 2014 | By More
Gerrymandering threatens congressional districts

Leon County Circuit Judge, Terry Lewis, ruled in July that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts in 2010. Instead of performing the 10-year redistricting project based on U.S. Census numbers, the court found that the methodology used primarily was to the benefit of the Republican Party of Florida. The state’s voters have adopted […]

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Judge Lewis: Florida MUST revise congressional districts

August 1, 2014 | By More
Judge Lewis: Florida MUST revise congressional districts

The consequences of a 2012 ruling in Leon County Circuit Court, holding un-constitutional a congressional map approved by lawmakers that year, are now clear. Judge Terry Lewis on Friday ordered the Legislature to submit a revised map.

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