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  • Ponte Vedra Beach attorney suspended


    The Florida Bar announced to Historic City News in St Augustine that the Florida Supreme Court recently ordered 22 attorneys disciplined; including Ponte Vedra Beach attorney, Richard Scott Draughon, who was among ten disbarred and eight suspended from the practice of law. (more…)

  • Free dispute mediation program available


    Historic City News reminds local residents that free mediation is available to settle legal disputes of $15,000, or less, through the Citizen Dispute Mediation Program. (more…)

  • Improving reader comments


    Historic City News feels that reader interaction enhances the value of our reporting; we were founded on the principle of citizen reporters and for the next few weeks, we are trying a new, integrated approach to determine if there is a better way use our popular facebook page as a host for reader’s comments. (more…)

  • Final Judgments through 7/29/2012


    The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee.

    The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action. (more…)

  • Atwater meets St Johns County business leaders


    Yesterday, Historic City News reporters learned that Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater, visited the St Johns County Chamber of Commerce to meet area business leaders and to tour the headquarters of one of the county’s largest employers, Ring Power Corporation. (more…)

  • Final Judgments through 7/22/2012


    The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee.

    The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action. (more…)

  • Final Judgments through 7/15/2012


    The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee.

    The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Clerk of Court and should be consulted before taking any action. (more…)

  • Politics in St Johns


    Readers of Historic City News in St Augustine will want to register to attend “Politics in St Johns” to show support for their favorite candidates at one of St Johns County’s largest political events. (more…)

  • 7-Eleven will meet with St Augustine residents


    At Monday night’s commission meeting, Historic City News recorded repeated objections from Nelmar Terrace neighbors who are battling a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store and gas pumps; despite reminders from Mayor Boles and city attorney Ron Brown that the matter will not come before the commission — unless formally appealed.

    The long vacant commercial property located at San Marco Avenue and May Street is the site for the proposed 7-Eleven store; seen to be a welcome convenience by some — but anathema to neighbors saying the site design will force motorists through the National Register Historic District neighborhood.

    Skip Hutton, who was an outspoken critic of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in the recent code violation and eminent domain controversy within the Nelmar Terrace community, announced that a public meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday, July 16 in the Alcazar Room at City Hall with representatives from 7-Eleven on hand to discuss neighborhood concerns.

    So far, the project is moving forward full steam. Under current zoning for that site, the project is an allowed use. The developer was required to obtain Planning and Zoning Board approval to remove preserved trees, but that approval was granted.

    Armed with design drawings obtained from Director of Planning and Building Mark Knight, Historic City News editor Michael Gold spoke with a number of patrons at the nearby Dunkin Donuts to get their opinions of the proposed convenience store and filling station.

    Responses were mixed — some did not care for the potential added congestion at an intersection that is arguably one of the area’s poorest designs. Several local residents lamented the Florida Department of Transportation decision to allow St Johns County to build the library at Davenport Park — rather than straightening SR-A1A (May Street) to connect directly to Ponce de Leon Boulevard (US-1).

    The majority of people who commented for Historic City News were not particularly concerned about the convenience store; in fact, when they looked at our drawings, quite a few remarked that it was the nicest looking 7-Eleven they could recall.

    The return of gasoline was perceived as a very welcome product, since it has been absent from San Marco Avenue for years. Those who expressed an opinion said they favored pulling in to a station along “Business US-1” than along “Highway US-1”. One young couple remarked that they felt “safer” along San Marco Avenue than standing outside of their car on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

    Residents of Nelmar Terrace who spoke before the commission Monday night said they, too, felt safe in their neighborhood — with its heavy canopy of trees, wide sidewalks, and normally peaceful atmosphere. However, neighborhood association vice president Matthew Shaffer said the “24-hour package liquor, convenience store, and gas station” will forever change the look of North City.

  • Glenn Hastings will chair Visit Florida


    Historic City News has learned that St Johns County Tourist Development Council executive director Glenn Hastings has been named the new Chairman of the Board for “Visit Florida” — the state’s official tourism marketing organization. (more…)

  • New Businesses through 6/30/2012


    The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee.

    The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Tax Collector and should be consulted before taking any action. (more…)