St. Augustine

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved a plan to move the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

St. Augustine City Manager John Regan is recommending that the Confederate memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion be relocated to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

St. Augustine Distillery
WJCT

Imagine being able to pull up a website or get on the phone and order your favorite craft bourbon or other spirit and have it delivered to your door.

CITY OF ST. AUGUSTUINE

Although the Confederate monument in the heart of St. Augustine still stands, the city’s mayor stressed on Wednesday that plans to move it are proceeding.

In 2010, Stephen DiMare was a recent graduate of the University of Florida. It was the tail end of the Great Recession, and the job market looked bleak. So DiMare was saving money to create his own job. He planned to open a coffee shop.

But a chance encounter with a stranger gave DiMare the idea for what Floridians now know as The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.
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The city of St. Augustine announced Tuesday that effective Thursday, July 16, its City Hall will be closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the homicides of two men found dead in a burning SUV in 2016.

Meeting in the county commission room, four of the five county commissioners, with the American flag and Florida flag behind them
Via St. Johns County Government website

After hearing hours of public comment from St. Johns County residents, the County Commission decided against discussing a potential county-wide mask mandate Tuesday afternoon.

Downtown St. Augustine, on the water's edge
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

St. Augustine City Commission voted unanimously on Friday to enforce an indoor mask mandate, with enforcement beginning Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

William Loring monument, etched in it is a confederate flag, in a park, with two people sitting in a bench behind it.
Via Mary Cobb

St. Augustine activists successfully pushed for the removal of a confederate obelisk from the city plaza this week, and now they’re shifting their full attention to another Confederate monument erected in the city. 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Getting more people to wear face masks when they’re out in public is gathering momentum in St. Johns County.

City of St. Augustuine

Leaders of the country's oldest city have decided to move a Confederate memorial that has been a fixture in its central plaza for 140 years.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

The fate of the Confederate monument in Downtown St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion will likely be decided at this Monday’s city commission meeting.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has set up a web form where local business owners can order face masks for their employees.

Lightner museum exterior
Visit St. Augustine

The nation’s oldest city is hoping to lure visitors once more as it reopens on a limited basis Monday, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Phase 1 guidelines.

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A Jacksonville factory managing director and his wife helped spread the message about the importance of social distancing in St. Augustine, while also helping the area’s first responders.

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Updated: This story was updatd on Monday, April 20, with the new dedicated phone number to request a thermometer.

The city of St. Augustine plans to start its smart thermometer distribution project on Tuesday, April 21, by first targeting people who work with the public and families with multiple children. Residents are asked to call the city to see whether they qualify for a free thermometer.

Outside of the St. Johns County School Administration Building, a lot of windows on a red brick building, with a sign in front, along with a couple trees
Michael Rivera/Wikimedia Commons

When St. Augustine High School senior Jillian LaValley found out that graduation in St. Johns County would be held virtually due to the coronavirus, she was crushed.

 A woman takes a child's temperature with a Kinsa smart thermometer.
Kinsa

The city of St. Augustine plans to give out 600 smart thermometers from Kinsa, a company that’s trying to stop the spread of contagious illnesses like COVID-19.

A sign reading "My Teacher Misses Me" outside of an Atlantic Beach home.
David Luckin / WJCT News

St. Johns County’s leading medical expert says the nation was unprepared for coronavirus and that leaders and residents aren’t doing enough to stop its spread.

Jon Gambrell / Associated Press

If you’re in St. Augustine, you may have the choice to have your temperature monitored as part of a pilot project to detect the presence of COVID-19.

St. Augustine old town
Iagology / Flickr

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Tuesday that all bars and nightclubs close for the next 30 days to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The city of St. Augustine is taking that a step further by banning alcohol sales at restaurants.

mugshot of Hoover
Pinellas County Courts

A 30-year-old St. Augustine man is being held in Pinellas County after being arrested for allegedly burglarizing the home of pop star Taylor Swift’s dad’s home in January.

Historic Building On St. George Street In St. Augustine Going Up For Auction

Feb 17, 2020
National Register plaque on front of the building
Jax Daily Record

Like a fine work of art, Casa Rodriguez at 52 St. George St. in St. Augustine will be auctioned on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at the property site.

St. Augustine old town
Iagology / Flickr

A long-running dispute over vacation rentals is heating up, as a Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would give the state — not local officials — control over regulation of short-term rentals.

Ignoring the pleas of dozens of local officials from throughout the state, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved the measure (SB 1128) in a 3-2 party-line vote.

Owners Of Palm Valley Fish Camp Will Open St. Augustine Fish Camp

Nov 5, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Southern Table Hospitality, owners of North Beach, Palm Valley and Julington Creek Fish Camps, will add a fourth location in downtown St. Augustine by mid-January, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Tidal flooding in downtown St. Augustine on Granada St. near Flagler College.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

St. Augustine homeowners and other property owners in the city may qualify for 25% cheaper flood insurance premiums.

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A new report card from The League of Women Voters In Florida ranks counties and cities on how accessible electric vehicle charging stations are.

A man biking on the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop trail.
St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance's Facebook Page

St. Johns County is hosting a public workshop Thursday on what’s called the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, a 260-mile multi-use trail in the works.

Homes being raised on Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first Florida Mayors Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, where 19 current mayors, representing more than 2.6 million Floridians, will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.

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