House members grease way for public meetings to become secret

April 26, 2017

In what would be a substantial change to the state’s Sunshine Law, Historic City News reporters were shocked to learn that a House committee approved a bill that would allow private one-on-one meetings of local elected officials.


Constitution Revision Commission in Jacksonville April 27

April 25, 2017

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission will spend the next roughly 14 months traveling the state listening to residents, identifying and researching issues.  No later than 120 days prior to the November 2018 elections, the Commission will recommend ballot language to the Secretary of State.


Tax collector provides wait time and check in from mobile devices

April 23, 2017

Want to ensure a shorter wait on your next visit for your driver license? Historic City News readers can now check the current wait-times at any office location of the St. Johns County Tax Collector when they visit and click on the Mobile Check-in icon.


Judge will have to agree public records lawsuits are proper

April 21, 2017

Florida has been the model by which other states have crafted their public records and open meetings laws.  “Government in the Sunshine” was the mandate of the citizens of this state, it is incorporated into the Florida Constitution as well as our state statutes.


Closed Captioning finally comes to

April 14, 2017

Closed captioning for the hearing impaired is coming to St Augustine’s streaming video of City Commission meetings when viewed on-demand; typically, a day or two after the meeting is held.


Reviews mixed on City proposal for opening Bridge of Lions

April 11, 2017

Do Historic City News readers believe that extending the restricted hours on weekdays by three hours, in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., during which the Bridge of Lions may only be opened once every thirty minutes will help relieve traffic congestion downtown and on Anastasia Island?


Dead Lives Matter: Sheriff’s election may be overturned

April 8, 2017

In a 29-page joint pretrial stipulation obtained by Historic City News from the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, local voters get a glimpse of the degree of corruption involved in electing a sheriff in neighboring Putnam County.


Zoning Board says no to rezoning request on Castillo Drive

April 5, 2017

After about three and a half hours of presentations, public comments, debate and discussion, the St Augustine Planning and Zoning Board, in a split decision, voted 4-2 Tuesday to deny an application by local hotelier Kanti Patel to rezone the former Barnacle Bill’s property from HP-5 to PUD to be used as hotel parking.

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