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Discharging fireworks on Independence Day

Since 1941, fireworks that fly or explode have been illegal in Florida. But, in the 2020 Legislative Session, State Senator Travis Hutson introduced Senate Bill 140 which passed and was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, allowing the safe discharge of fireworks on three “designated holidays”. Historic City News...
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Prepare for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

This week, State Meteorologists at the Florida Division of Emergency Management reported important Hurricane Safety tips for Historic City News subscribers to help you prepare for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average season with a predicted 14-21 named storms, with 6-10...
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Guest Column: Tea Party Chairman Mesmerizes Republican Club

On June 13, 2022, the Republican Club of Greater St Augustine held its monthly meeting at Cucina Giovanni Restaurant on SR-16, St Johns County, Florida. The featured speaker was Shawn Morrison, Chairman of the St Augustine Tea Party. This is the second time a Tea Party Chairman has addressed the Republican Club. The earlier event occurred on August 14, 2015, when I was Chairman.

Florida Supreme Court has recently disciplined 19 attorneys

Leslie H. Smith, spokesperson for the Department of Lawyer Regulation of The Florida Bar informed local Historic City News reporters that the Florida Supreme Court has recently disciplined 19 attorneys, disbarring three, suspending nine, reprimanding one and revoking the licenses of six. Attorneys suspended for periods of 91 days and...
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Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band postponed

On Saturday, June 10, 2022, Historic City News was informed that musicians and entertainers Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather who perform with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band have each tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, forcing the St Augustine Amphitheater to postpone the group’s June 24th appearance. The show is being rescheduled for September 2022.

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.

Memorial Day began in honor of the Civil War dead

Historic City News subscribers probably know the recent history and plight of the Ladies Memorial Association memorial to 46 local veterans of the American Civil War; whose lives and deaths were marginalized in August of 2020 by an appointed mayor, Tracy Upchurch, a since booted ex-commissioner, Leanna Freeman, and an impostor, Nancy Sikes-Kline, masquerading as the defender of historic preservation, who has jockeyed herself into a position where she is likely to be elected the city’s next mayor.
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Guest: Hordes of many colors

We now know the principal source of our immigration problem: hordes. Hordes come in a variety of hues. Remember the “yellow hordes?” They were said to threaten Western civilization, to destroy it at worst, to mongrelize it at best. In the 19th century, they prompted so-called Chinese exclusion...
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Holiday office hours for local government

Historic City News was informed of the closures of local government offices in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, but solid waste collections will remain on their regular schedule. All offices will resume standard business hours on Tuesday, May 31st.
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Planned road closure report this week from Northeast FDOT

Florida Department of Transportation Community Outreach Specialist Allen Nelson has updated Historic City News with the weekly lane closure report containing information regarding ongoing construction projects and traffic impacts for the coming week. Our readers and subscribers will be updated every Friday by 5:00 p.m., with some unavoidable exceptions and state holidays.
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The inaugural St Augustine History Festival begins May 11th

May is National Preservation Month when organizations across the United States host events that promote historic places and heritage tourism to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. During this month we are given the opportunity to recognize the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.
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Florida Supreme Court has recently disciplined 13 attorneys

Leslie H. Smith, spokesperson for the Department of Lawyer Regulation of The Florida Bar informed local Historic City News reporters that the Florida Supreme Court has recently disciplined 13 attorneys, disbarring one, suspending seven, reprimanding four and revoking the licenses of one. Three attorneys were placed on probation. Attorneys suspended...
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Planned road closure report this week from Northeast FDOT

Florida Department of Transportation Community Outreach Specialist Allen Nelson has updated Historic City News with the weekly lane closure report containing information regarding ongoing construction projects and traffic impacts for the coming week. Our readers and subscribers will be updated every Friday by 5:00 p.m., with some unavoidable exceptions and state holidays.
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Speak NOW or forever hold your peace: Turning over King Street

Historic City News subscribers have been following with interest a move by the City of St Augustine to claim custody from the State of Florida of State Road 5, locally known as King Street and Cathedral Place. There are several implications for taxpayers inside the city limits beyond simple managerial control. And now, for a brief time on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, and Thursday, April 21, 2022, the public may ask questions about those implications and make comments, on-the-record, about them.
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