St. Augustine news highlights – August 3, 2012
One full week of early voting starts tomorrow at six locations across St. Johns County. The voting period runs from Saturday, August 4 through Saturday, August 11, from 8:00am until 6:00pm every day except Sunday when the hours are 11:00am until 5:00pm. All voters in St. Johns County may vote at any of these six early voting locations (click on each name for a map to the voting site):
- Supervisor of Elections Main Office
- St. Augustine Beach City Hall
- Southeast Branch Library
- Hastings Town Hall
- Ponte Vedra Branch Library
- Julington Creek Annex
Before going to vote, take a minute to visit the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections site for sample ballots, to check your registration, locate your regular polling place and lots more information for the voter.
Know it or not, having lift stations #51 & #52 completed is a big deal
Anytime a project costs less than expected, that’s good; and anytime a project is completed without any major setbacks and comes in ahead of schedule, that’s also good. So of course anytime you get a project under budget and ahead of schedule and that also fills a major infrastructure need, it’s really a great day in Public Works and in the City. Learn all about the very successful replacement of lift stations #51 and #52 by reading Essential part of sanitary sewer system installed and working successfully.
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Riberia St. Phase 2 is is right on schedule
Phase 2 of the Riberia Street Rehabilitation project is progressing well with the contractor having completed nearly half of the project and estimating that the whole project will be completed ahead of schedule.
The $4.8 million project includes new underground utilities, storm drainage system, a sidewalk on the west side of the road, and reconstructed asphalt roadway between Bridge St. and Cerro St. at the Willie Galimore Center. Currently, the contractor is installing the storm water system, which includes sediment basins to collect trash and sediments helping to keep the waterways clean from debris.
While the set completion date is July 2013, the contractor, Masci General Construction, expects the project to be completed in February. Construction inspection services for the city are provided by England Thims & Miller, Inc.
To learn more about the project, read Riberia Street Rehabilitation Project enters Phase II
Up next for Concerts in the Plaza – The Rick Arcusa Band
Widely known as “one of Jacksonville’s best party bands,” the Rick Arcusa Band steps onto The Gazebo stage in the Plaza de la Constitucion on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00pm. Most anyone taking a look at the band’s playlist will see lots of songs that are not only familiar and favorite songs.
So call your friends and have them meet you in the Plaza at 7:00pm on Thursday to enjoy St. Augustine’s great free summer concert series now in its 22nd season. It’s still “the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine.”
The two-hour concerts are free and attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza. For a schedule and helpful map-links visit www.plazaconcerts.com
After a brief hiatus during July, The Break Room returns to the air this week on WFCF/88.5 with guest Jennifer Zuberer, Communications & Resource Manager with St. Augustine’s 450th Commemoration. Join host Paul K. Williamson, the city’s Public Affairs Director, as he and Jennifer discuss the latest initiatives of what is set to be a multi-faceted event as the city commemorates four and a half centuries of history.
Know the easiest way to start a conversation with another St. Augustine resident? Just ask “So, how’d you get to St. Augustine?” Without a doubt, the story will be interesting for it seems that our city has residents who can boast a host of origins, adventures and simply great stories about how they arrived in The Nation’s Oldest City or what has made life here special for them.
Important budget dates announced
As summer begins to wind down, local governments start the final stages of preparing their budgets for the next fiscal year. For the City of St. Augustine whose fiscal year begins October 1, the series of meetings begins with theCommission’s annual budget workshop. Then three weeks later there is the initial public hearing on the proposed budget and two weeks after that, the final public hearing. The dates for the three meetings are:
- City Commission Budget Workshop, Thursday, August 16 at 9:00am.
- First Budget Public Hearing, Thursday, September 6 at 5:05pm.
- Second Budget Public Hearing, Thursday, September 20 at 5:05pm.
All meetings will be held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St.
Have you seen the the archaeology exhibit at The VIC ?
A new exhibit at The VIC offers a look into the extraordinary life of 18th century St. Augustine through ordinary items uncovered by the city’s archaeologist and volunteers. Organized into displays focusing on various aspects of colonial daily life, the exhibit offers items commonly associated with home life, the routines of a military lifestyle, and even those depicting entertainment including games and tavern items. The free exhibit, recently featured in a St. Augustine Record article, 450 Years of unbroken history, is open 8:30am-5:30pm in The VIC. For a map, click here.
New zoning maps available on-line
Planning and Zoning Board meets on Thursday, August 7 at 2:00pm. The agenda is available here.
City Commission meets on Monday, August 13. When available, the agenda will be here.
Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board meets on Tuesday, August 14. The agenda is available here.
The Historic Architectural Review Board meets on Thursday, August 16 at 2:00pm. The agenda is available here.
Budget related meetings
City Commission Budget Workshop, Thursday, August 16 at 9:00am. When available, the agenda will be here.
First Budget Public Hearing, Thursday, September 6 at 5:05pm. When available, the agenda will be here.
Second Budget Public Hearing, Thursday, September 20 at 5:05pm. When available, the agenda will be here.
All agenda, minutes and GTV info
Agendas and minutes for all city meetings can be found at www.staugustinegovernment.com with a schedule of upcoming meetings listed under City Calendar. City Commission meetings are broadcast live via GTV (Comcast Channel 3 in St. Augustine) each second and fourth Monday at 5:00pm. Commission meetings are also recorded and rebroadcast as are Planning and Zoning Board and Historic Architectural Review Board meetings. For a current schedule of all programming on GTV, click here.
Source: City of St. Augustine