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  • Editorial Endorsement: City of St Augustine Mayor (Seat 3)


    At this moment in time, the retirement of Tracy Wilson Upchurch from his office as Mayor of the City of St Augustine creates opportunities we haven’t seen since long-incumbent mayor Joe Boles was ousted by political newcomer Nancy Shaver in November 2015. We called that election for Shaver and were the only media organization to give her their endorsement.  The “political insiders”, including the St Augustine Record editorial board, said a relatively new resident “couldn’t get elected” against Boles.

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  • County unanimously approves purchase of Genovar property


    More than 50-years ago, the late Phil Genovar invited Historic City News editor Michael Gold and other members of his scout troop to visit his spacious, family estate along the San Sebastian River.  After a quick tour of what seemed like an endless stretch of secluded natural Florida, the guests were invited to put on their swimsuits and enjoy a morning of fun in the water and picnic lunch before heading home.

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  • Voting Precinct locations for St Johns County


    As Historic City News subscribers prepare for the August 23, 2022 Primary Elections, we reached out to Supervisor of Elections, Vicky Oakes to verify the locations where registered voters will cast their ballots on Election Day.

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  • Damages sought against City in the federal lawsuit over confederate memorial


    Historic City News reviewed details of the third amended complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the City of St Augustine as submitted by the Plaintiffs, H.K. Edgerton, William C. McCrae, Wade Ross, Jill Pacetti, and James Parham on July 8, 2022.  At issue are injuries sustained at the hands of City officials who the Plaintiffs claim gave in to threats and intimidation when they improperly removed a 140-year-old memorial from the Plaza de la Constitucion.

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  • Federal lawsuit against city updated


    The descendant of a black confederate soldier has filed a lawsuit in federal court naming the City of St Augustine as a defendant. In his third amended filing, an additional plaintiff and additional details have been added to his complaint.

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  • City officials on notice for pending injury claim of local patriot


    City Attorney Isabelle Lopez and City Manager John P Regan have been placed “on notice” of a claim filed against the City of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Police Department, City Manager John Regan, Code Enforcement Manager Barry Fox, Sergeant Jerry Whitehead, Commander of Administration of the St. Augustine Police Department Richard Warner, Sergeant Brian Frasca, Officer Alexander Barrera, and Officer Matt Mitchell, by a local resident injured in connection with his opposition to the removal of the 1879 Confederate Veterans Memorial from the Plaza de la Constitucion.

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  • St Johns County Chamber returns with two Politics in St Johns events


    Communications Manager Jamie Johnson reported to Historic City News that the St Johns County Chamber of Commerce will proudly bring back its in-person events, “Politics in St Johns”, for the 2022 election season. These meet-and-greet events allow the citizens to meet and speak with candidates who are running for public office.

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  • Former commissioner Raymond Connor to be honored by City Hall on Tuesday


    The City of St Augustine reported to Historic City News that today, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the American flag at City Hall will fly at half-staff in honor of the late former commissioner Raymond Connor. Yesterday, the protocol was repeated in honor of the late former commissioner Errol D Jones. No ceremonies are planned.

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  • Former commissioner Errol D Jones to be honored by City Hall on Monday


    The City of St Augustine reported to Historic City News that tomorrow, Monday, July 11, 2022, the American flag at City Hall will fly at half-staff in honor of the late former commissioner Errol D Jones.  The following day, Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the protocol will be repeated in honor of the late former commissioner Raymond Connor.  No ceremonies are planned.

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  • Florida’s chief elections official visits the local supervisor of elections


    In anticipation of this year’s mid-term elections, the St Johns County Supervisor of Elections office had a very special visitor. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Cord Byrd took time out of his busy schedule to stop by the local office to meet the staff and learn about our process for holding safe, secure, and transparent elections.

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  • Office of Congressional Ethics: Rutherford failed to file timely disclosure reports


    Despite being required to do so by federal law and House rules, U.S. Representative for District 4, which includes St Johns County, John H Rutherford, is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics over multiple late disclosures of stock transactions that were made in his retirement fund account.  Historic City News learned Tuesday that the referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics said Rutherford would not sit down to answer questions and did not cooperate during their initial inquiry in February.

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