St. Augustine

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Florida’s governor continues to prohibit local governments from enforcing mask mandates  — but at least one area business is voluntarily requiring its own staff to return to wearing face masks at work.


A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is expected to arrive at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine Wednesday to investigate a deadly plane crash.

A view of Downtown St. Augustine as seen from the western base of the Bridge of Lions.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The city of St. Augustine is following in Jacksonville's footsteps by offering homeowners a free tree, with planting included.

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Two free concerts will be held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (The Amp) on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate Juneteenth as part of the St. Augustine Music Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers with the Indigo Girls perform during the Live From the Drive-In concert series at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Friday, October 23, 2020, in Atlanta.
Robb Cohen / Invision/AP

The iconic folk duo Indigo Girls play the St. Augustine Amphitheatre next month.

Eight days of sailing and social events begin in a week as part of St. Augustine Race Week. 


Starting on Thursday, April 8 and continuing only on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., through Friday, April 23, the city of St. Augustine’s contractor, Preferred Materials, will resurfacing asphalt roadways in various locations to repair numerous utility cuts and damage caused to the roadways over time.

Courtesy the Gardner Family

Flags will fly at half staff in St Augustine to honor the life of former Mayor George Gardner, who passed away Tuesday. 

Foreground photo: City of St. Augustine / Background photo: Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

Commander Jennifer Michaux has been selected to serve as the next Chief of Police for the St. Augustine Police Department.


The Blessing of the Fleet will briefly affect traffic in St. Augustine on Sunday, March 28.

Doherty Sommers Architects Engineers, Inc. / Anastasia Mosquito Control District

A new $3 million museum focusing on mosquitoes and other bugs that will include an insect-themed outdoor playground for children is being built in St. Johns County.

To help celebrate Black History Month, Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine is launching a self-guided educational tour experience along the Flight to Freedom Trail, bringing to life the history of the park year-round.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.

The St. Augustine City Commission voted Tuesday to begin allowing public gatherings starting this spring. Events are slated to include arts shows, athletic events and music festivals. 

Carrie Johnson
City of St. Augustine

The City of St. Augustine is changing the name of Bravo Street in honor of the woman known affectionately as “The Voice of Lincolnville.” Carrie Johnson died in 2018. 

State Senator Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine
News Service of Florida

A proposal filed in the Florida Senate would prevent local governments from regulating construction of a wide range of energy-related projects involving electricity and such things as natural gas and petroleum.

Senate Regulated Industries Chairman Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, filed the proposal Wednesday,

A man wades through flood water as he check out damage from Hurricane Matthew Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has named Jessica Beach as its Chief Resilience Officer.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.

There will be no St. Augustine City Commission meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, the city announced Friday.

John Delaney
University of North Florida

University of North Florida President Emeritus John Delaney has been selected to serve as Flagler College’s interim president.


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Clay and Putnam counties  due to Tropical Storm Eta. The storm is expected to affect the First Coast as a depression beginning overnight on Thursday, with the worst effects expected in Jacksonville around sunrise on Thursday.

Conditions are expected to rapidly improve by Thursday afternoon across most areas of the state.

The St. Augustine Record building
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The building that houses The St. Augustine Record daily newspaper has been sold to an undisclosed private investor for $7.535 million, the newspaper reported.

Grey singing at microphone
The Amp

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has announced live music will resume in January 2021 with two shows by blues and Southern rock group JJ Grey & Mofro. 

Air Tree Inn 'Treehouse Hotel' Planned For St. Augustine

Oct 26, 2020
Wooded area at back of property
Jacksonville Daily Record

Two months after completing Bacon Self Storage in St. Johns County, owner Jim Bacon wants to add to the project with a short-term rental community among the trees.

water in foreground, with grasses and sky behind
Fish Island Preserve

A new public park is expected to open by the end of year, now that the City of St. Augustine is responsible for the upkeep of Fish Island Preserve.

A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

St. Augustine is looking for residents to be on a new committee tasked with updating the city’s building code to reduce flooding.

The City Commission on Monday agreed to form the five-member advisory committee. It will be chaired by Commissioner John Valdes, who has worked in the construction industry for decades.

A flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The St. Augustine City Commission is moving forward with plans to form a new advisory committee tasked with amending the city’s land development code to reduce flooding.

The intersection of Orange and Riberia St. in St. Augustine on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.
City of St. Augustine

The St. Augustine City Commission is looking for ways to alleviate the chronic flooding the city has been dealing with increasingly in recent years.

Alexander Homestead

St. Augustine operators of short-term rentals like Airbnbs, also called vacation rentals, must now register their properties and pay a fee along with facing zoning regulations that some say will cripple their businesses

The statues on the eastern side of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine were adorned with facemasks in April.

Following the state's lead, St. Augustine is easing up on its COVID-19 restrictions.

St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Set On Fire, Vandalized

Sep 25, 2020
Brittany Muller / News4Jax

A Confederate memorial that was recently moved from downtown St. Augustine to the Trout Creek Fish Camp has been the target of vandalism.

This photo was posted on the Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment's Facebook page Sunday, showing flooding at the monument's Downtown St. Augustine parking lot.
Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment / Via Facebook

With flooding in St. Augustine due to rain, high tides and Hurricane Teddy in the Atlantic Ocean, the city is offering residents free parking at the multi-level Historic Downtown Park Facility Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22.