St. Augustine

St. Augustine businesses are giving mixed reviews following last weekend’s Gentlemen of the Road music festival tour stop in the city.

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Cell providers ready for Mumford crowd: Wireless phone companies say they will be able to handle increased phone and data traffic this weekend in St. Augustine as crowds file in for the Gentlemen of the Road music festival.

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If you’re headed to this weekend’s Mumford & Sons concert in St. Augustine, the wireless service providers in the area want you to know they’ve got you covered. 

Some 25,000 people are expected to converge on the nation’s oldest city for the two-day music festival.

25,000 very excited people, says AT&T’s Rosie Montalvo.

“Yeah, social network is what everyone likes to do now. They want to share where they’re at and what they’re doing…and they want to do it instantly.”

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St. Augustine is putting on the finishing touches to get ready for the Gentlemen of the Road festival, curated and headlined by folk hitmakers Mumford & Sons. 

The festival, which begins Friday night and will run all day Saturday, is expected to bring about 25,000 to the city's Francis Field. 

The Grammy winning British pop/folk/rock band has a loyal following, many of those who are going to the festival are coming from out of town, filling most of St. Augustine area hotels.

The festival is the last of five "stopovers" to wrap up the band's summer tour.

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Humberto poses no threat to Florida: The season's eighth named storm is picking up speed, but is not expected to make landfall in the U.S.

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Recently discovered color 16mm vacation films offer a view into Jacksonville's past.

The footage, which was purchased at a garage sale in San Jose, CA, depicts a train ride from California to Florida. The trip includes stops in both Jacksonville and St. Augustine. 

The films were digitized by historical group The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, and uploaded to YouTube by user Rick Helin (KailuaKid).

Check out the first part, which includes shots of the Main Street Bridge and Atlantic Boulevard, below:

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Local citizens will be joining hands on Saturday, May 18th,  at the St. Augustine Beach Pier to stand in solidarity against offshore drilling – in Florida and throughout the world. 

It's part of the annual global event, Hands Across the Sand.

Michael Isam

  A bracelet was all it took to bring two strangers from different ends of the country together on Saturday, according to a story from the St. Augustine Record.

Peggy Cornacchio of Massachusetts wore the bracelet as a child to honor a U.S. prisoner of war fighting in Vietnam (similar bracelets were worn by many during the war), even though she had never met the man whose name her bracelet bore: Navy pilot Giles Norrington. 

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