St. Augustine

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

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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
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS file photo

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.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing a permit application for an Amazon.com last-mile distribution facility in St. Johns County.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

St. Augustine’s annual Sing Out Loud Festival is adjusting to the realities of the pandemic with what’s being called Sing Out Loud Festival Virtual Sessions.

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

St. Augustine’s contractor has started the process of relocating the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

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.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.
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.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

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