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Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant’s world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name.
Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant’s past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.
As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.
One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed filmmakers and actors, Oscar®- winning director Robert Redford (Ordinary People; Quiz Show; The Sting) directs and heads an all-star ensemble that includes Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as determined reporter Ben Shepard, and Academy Award®-winner Julie Christie (Red Riding Hood) as Mimi Lurie, the woman inescapably linked to Grant’s past and his future. The cast also includes various figures tied to Grant’s previous life as an antiwar radical: Sam Elliot (Up In The Air) as Mimi Lurie’s current partner, Mac McLeod; Oscar®-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) as respected history professor Jed Lewis; Oscar®-nominee, Nick Nolte (Warrior) as the ever-loyal Donal; and Oscar®-winner Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise; Dead Man Walking) as housewife-cum-fugitive, Sharon Solarz, whose dramatic arrest sets the story in motion.
Additional cast members include: Oscar® winner,Chris Cooper (Adaptation) as Grant’s brother, Daniel Sloan; Jackie Evancho (America’s Got Talent) as Grant’s daughter, Isabel; Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (The Guard; In Bruges) as Henry Osborne, a retired police chief harboring secrets of his own; Brit Marling (Another Earth; Sound of My Voice) as Osborne’s daughter, Rebecca; Oscar® nominee Anna Kendrick (50/50; Up in the Air) as Diana, a junior FBI agent; Oscar® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as Shepard’s editor, Ray Fuller; and Oscar® nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) as Cornelius, a senior FBI agent determined to bring Grant to justice.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP is based on the novel by Neil Gordon and adapted for the screen by Lem Dobbs (Haywire). The film is directed by Robert Redford. It is produced by Academy Award® winner Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker), Robert Redford and Bill Holderman (The Conspirator; Lions for Lambs). The executive producers are Craig J. Flores (Immortals) and Shawn Williamson (50/50).
Star Wars was changed, as you know, and in 1997 could also have been changed to “Twenty years ago in a Hollywood universe far, far away a young man named Lucas fulfilled his vision and managed to make a sappy space opera filled with mythological overtones, innovative special effects and filmmaking techniques that were a throwback to Saturday matinee serials, and young Lucas was also farsighted enough to keep all the merchandising rights for his creation, which became so successful that it changed how we look at movies, how Hollywood makes movies and society itself, which became seduced by the Dark Side of merchandising and greed.”
On May 25, 1977, Star Wars opened in a little over 30 theaters and went on to do blockbuster business, earn obscene amounts of money, spawn many equally successful sequels, make George Lucas a wealthy man and an unequaled force in the entertainment industry and perhaps “single-moviedly” create movie fan clubs and people obsessed with collecting every collectible associated with the movies they could get their hands on.
However, Star Wars is more than just a sappy space opera filled with mythological overtones, innovative special effects and filmmaking techniques that are throwbacks to Saturday matinee serials. It is also a transference of power and importance from one generation to the next, and it might not just be coincidence that the “special edition” came 20 years later, the time of one generation.
If you were one of the millions who stood in line at one of the 1800 theaters in which Star Wars (Special Edition) opened January 31, 1997, you might have noticed how it was not as interesting if you already knew everything that happens and what everything means. Wait! We already knew that from the many, many times we had already seen it, whether in theaters the first time around long, long ago or on TV from either broadcast showings, movie rentals or our own private collections.
We already know that Mark Hamill was a wooden actor, that the story is sappy at the beginning when Luke Skywalker is with his aunt and uncle and that scenes go on way, way too, too long to show us the razzle-dazzle of special effects rather than advancing the story. And we already knew that the superficial banter between Han Solo and Princess Leia is just a cover-up for their mutual attraction.
Yes, we knew how the movie begins, how it middles and how it ends. So, why were we so fascinated to want to see it again when it was already etched in our brains like a historical myth?
Well, that depends on who “we” is. Some of us were (ahem) old, old enough to have seen it the first time around, which means we were probably Baby Boomers and didn’t want to grow any older and were reliving that experience again, which helped us to think we were still that age of 20 years earlier.
Some of us were just old enough to have children, and we probably wanted to see it again with our kids, sort of like passing a sacred totem on to the next generation.
And some of us were (ahem) young, young enough to have never seen it on a large screen, where Lucas maintained it was meant to be seen.
Lucas said he was only 50% to 60% happy with the film 20 years earlier and later he was 80% happy with it. He said, “The only thing I joke about now is it would be fun–and we can’t do this for another 10 years or so–to go back and digitize the entire movie and clean it up.”
May the Force help us!
Was this how we wanted Hollywood to treat our icons? Was this how we wanted movies made and remade as new technology allowed filmmakers to ignore the limitations of their raw material?
Think of Independence Day. Think of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Heck, think of Mars Needs Women.
Star Wars created Hollywood’s obsession with the blockbuster, it created the phenomenon in which merchandising earns more than the box office and it probably has a direct influence on why magazines and newspapers contain more advertising than text over time, companies now sponsor sporting events and even uniforms, and athletes make more money from endorsements than they do from playing their sports.
Star Wars is the Force that changed Hollywood, and as Hollywood goes, so goes America.
I rest my case.
Nights of Lights – St. Augustine’s famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city’s historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com
2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show – Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission is Free. www.staaa.org
Dressing of the Palms – Complimenting Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402 www.VilanoBeachFL.com
Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train – Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train transports riders through St. Augustine’s magical Nights of Lights. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season while viewing a magical holiday illusion through your free Magic viewing glasses. Nightly tours are from 6 to 8 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and begin at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 19 San Marco Avenue On Friday and Saturday, there will be entertainment in the lines and FREE admission to Santa’s Village! 904-824-1606 http://www.ripleys.com/redtrains/category/holiday-event
Electric Bus Nights of Lights Tours – See the City lights on a 7-seat comfortable all-electric vehicle with a fully narrated 45-minute tour covering all the downtown city lights and sights, tour covers both the narrow and main streets. Nightly departures from parking lot at rear of Love Tree Café, 31 Orange Street at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. Adults $12 Child under 12 $10. 904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.com
“The Meanies” Art Exhibit at Space Eight
Exhibition of mixed-media creations by artist Jordie Hudson. Titled “The Meanies,” the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838
Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours – Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends. Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com 904-733-7782
Sundancer Yacht Nights of Lights – Tour Sundancer Yacht is providing special sightseeing and Nights of Lights cruises through the holidays. Cruises aboard this beautiful 117 foot luxury yacht are full of holiday spirit with decorations, lights, and music. Daytime sightseeing cruises are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. The special Nights of Lights Cruises depart at 5:15, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Cruises are $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. All cruises depart from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 877-446-6465
Monday: January 1
First Day Hike Anastasia State Park – Leisurely one-mile, guided hike featuring birds, butterflies, flowering vegetation and a scavenger hunt using GPS. Participants will need a smart phone with GPS or some other type of GPS. Binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water are also recommended. The hike begins at 2 p.m. from the Ancient Dunes Trail trailhead and is included in admission ($8 per vehicle) to the park located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Info: 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
First Day Hike-Dykes State Park – Ranger-guided nature hike along the beautiful, 2.6-mile Hiram-Faver Trail. The hike through oak hammocks and pine flatwoods provides opportunities to learn about the plants, wildlife and history of the area. Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water. The hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Ranger Station. Hike is included in admission ($5 per vehicle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. Info: 904-794-0997www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes
Tuesday through Sunday: January 1-6
Winter Wonderland – The 6th Annual Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosted by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. Winter Wonderland features North Florida’s premiere outdoor ice skating rink, along with a brand new Ice Chute, RC Race Track and Kid’s Room and visits with Santa! St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Event Pricing: Each activity priced separately. Phone: 904-209-0367 winterwonderlandflorida.com
Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley – Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests of all ages delight at the festive glittering lights throughout St. Augustine’s historic area while enjoying caroling, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Tours depart from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. www.TrolleyTours.com
Thursday: January 5
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info:www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116
St. Augustine Chocolate Tour
Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine. Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights. The 2 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60. For reservations and more information: 904-829-3800; www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay — plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info: 904-540-0402; www.vilanobeachfl.com
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035; http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
EMMA Concert Series: Inspirata
Acclaimed vocal and stage artists perform at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College,14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person.
Info: 904-797-2800; www.EmmaConcerts.com
Thursday through Sunday: January 3-6
Limelight Theatre Presents Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Through January 6, Christmas classics delight as well as audience favorites featuring the Rockettes and the Chipmunks! This holiday show is truly heaven-sent! Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. www.limelight-theatre.org 904-825-1164
Friday: January 4
First Friday Art Walk
Experience one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.
Info: 904-829-0065; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 4-6
The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine
Could Jews, fleeing for their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility, along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more. Info:www.OldFloridaMuseum.com or 904-824-8874
School of the 16th Century
A three-day course titled “How To Survive in the 16th Century” provides an in-depth look at the clothing, weapons, food, history, resources and more at the 1565 Menendez settlement site. The school takes place on the grounds of Ponce de Leon’s Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. St. Augustine. Tuition is $100 which includes Friday reception and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Info: FOYexplorer@gmail.com or 904-599-2113.
Local Resident Specials
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission isfree to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).
Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau
Two former Mayors will turn the switches to start the 19th season
The most exciting moment on Light-Up! Night is light-up itself with the honor of “flipping-the-switch” to light the city’s tree and the city itself being shared each year by members of the community.
For the 2012 Light-Up! Night, Mayor Joe Boles has invited two former mayors to launch this year’s holiday lighting, one who led the city during its 400th anniversary in 1965, and another who flipped-the-switch the very first year of the Nights of Lights in 1994.
For the tree lighting, Mayor Boles asked former Mayor John Bailey, Sr. to do the honor. Bailey served as St. Augustine’s Mayor from 1965-1967 which coincided with St. Augustine’s 400th anniversary. Boles indicated that as our community draws closer to the commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the city’s founding, it is fitting to honor one who was so instrumental in the city’s quadricentennial commemoration.
Then, to light the city, Mayor Boles asked former Mayor Greg Baker to repeat the role he played 19 years ago as the first person to turn the switch that launches the Nights of Lights. Baker, who served as mayor from 1992-1995, was at the city’s helm when the decision was made to develop the Nights of Lights and appropriately was the one to presided over the inaugural season.
“It would be near impossible to find two members of our community who have contributed anymore in their professional and personal lives or have better served the city during their terms of office,” said Boles in making the announcement. “Both of these public servants have never hesitated to give of their time for our city, and I am delighted they accepted the invitation to give us a little more of their time for Light-Up! Night.”
Light-Up! Night takes place in the Plaza de la Constitución on Saturday, November 17 with entertainment starting at 4:00pm and the lighting ceremony starting at 6:30pm with light-up set for 6:45pm.
For complete details regarding Light-Up! Night, visit www.lightupnight.info, and for loads of information including a calendar of upcoming events during the 10-week long Nights of Lights visit www.nightsoflights.com.
Traffic details for Light-Up! Night and St. Augustine Half Marathon
Activities related to Light-Up! Night, the opening ceremony for the 19th season of the Nights of Lights and the St. Augustine Half Marathon will necessitate a number of disruptions of traffic in downtown St. Augustine on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. Details of road closures and detours are available here.
Discover First America! Program Adventure returns next Tuesday
The Discover First America! Program Adventure returns starting on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00pm. The free, five-part entertainment series, held at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, explores facets of St. Augustine’s rich history and culture. Each program will begin at 7:00pm with the doors opening at 6:00pm for seating, lobby displays, information and book signings.
The program schedule is:
- November 20, 2012: Mythbusters! Fact & Fiction in St. Augustine’s History
- December 5, 2012: Ancient City Musicale: 450 Years of Song & Dance
- January 9, 2013: Palace in Paradise: The Hotel Ponce de Leon Turns 125
- January 23, 2013: Juan Ponce de León Finds La Florida
- March 14, 2013: Revolt! Revolutionary War Trials & Tribulations in St. Augustine
St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports will be given to all participants. Souvenir stampings in the passport will be provided at each program. The Discover First America! Program Adventure is sponsored by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, Flagler College, Florida Power & Light Company, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra on Florida’s Historic Coast, The St. Augustine Record, Augustine.com, SGS Art & Design, and City Gate Productions.
Additional details about the entire The Discover First America! Program Adventure at www.staugustine-450.com.
On The Break Room this week: Discover First America
This week’s edition of The Break Room welcomes 450th Commemoration Director, Dana Ste. Claire for a preview of the return of the very popular Discover First America! Program Adventure.
Each week the friendly and informative style of The Break Room offers the community an opportunity to know a little more about how their city works by getting to know those who do the work every day. The Break Room airs Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am, and each program is archived at www.breakroom.info as podcasts available for download anytime. To listen to this week’s program immediately, click here.
Let Advanced Disposal do your shreading for free tomorrow
Advanced Disposal is sponsoring its second annual St. Johns County Shredding Event. St. Johns County residents and businesses are invited to safely destroy old personal documents that should not be carelessly thrown out with the trash. Note that there is a three-box limit per household or business.
Planned for Saturday, November 17, the shreading service runs from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the Anastasia Square Shopping Center, corner of SR 312 and Hwy A1A. To see and print a flyer for your information or to share, click here. For more information on the shredding event, call Advanced Disposal at 904.827.1005.
Thanksgiving holiday closings for the City of St. Augustine
Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, but the solid waste collection schedule will remain unchanged.
Post-Thanksgiving FOG collection returns
Used fats, oils and grease to be collected on Monday, November 26
The City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County Utilities have joined together for the second year to collect used cooking oil and grease (FOG) following the Thanksgiving holiday.
The recycling collection is set for Monday, November 26, 7:30am–3:30pm at two recycling drop points:
– 25 W. Castillo Drive (Francis Field); and
– 840 West 16th Street on Anastasia Island.
This opportunity allows residents to properly dispose of large amounts of used cooking oil to be recycled into usable products such as biodiesel fuel. Participants are asked to allow used cooking grease to cool prior to delivering it in a safe container that will not melt or shatter. Also, to help in collecting oil in the future, each participant will receive a free funnel for future recycling efforts.
When cooking oil is improperly disposed of down the drain, it can clog sewer pipes and create environmental and public health hazards. Problems with sewer lines typically increase around the holidays when people are washing a lot of greasy and fatty foods down the drain. The fats, oils and greases build up inside sewer pipes and can cause raw sewage to back up and overflow into homes, businesses and the environment.
But it is not necessary to wait until Thanksgiving to recycle cooking oil. There are six locations throughout the county that accepts used cooking oil year round. For a list of the locations and directions, click here.
For more information on the collection and other cooking oil recycling efforts, contact Glabra Skipp, City of St. Augustine at 904.209.4284 or Stacy Kowlsen, St. Johns County at 904.209.2662.
End of Daylight Saving Time marks watering schedule change
With the return of Eastern Standard Time last Sunday, watering schedules also changed from twice a week to once a week whether the water source is private wells and pumps, ground or surface water, or water from public and private utilities.
The day specified for watering at residential properties depends on the address: odd numbered addresses water on Saturday only and even numbered ones only on Sunday. Non residential properties are allowed to water only on Tuesdays. Watering should be done only when needed, never between 10:00am and 4:00pm, and never for more than one hour per zone.
For more information, including details regarding some exceptions to the restrictions, visit the frequent asked questions offered on the St. Johns River Water Management District’s website here.
Make plans now to participate in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade
As it has every year for over half a century, the St. Augustine Christmas Parade is a sure sign that the holiday season has arrived. Scheduled for Saturday, December 1 starting at 10:00am, now is the time for businesses, community organizations and school groups to plan their entry and secure their spot by calling 904.824.4997.
No trucks on Lemon St.
Effective immediately and continuing through the construction work on the US-1/Ponce de Leon Blvd. San Sebastian Bridge, trucks are prohibited on Lemon St. Earlier this week the city placed signs noting the prohibition on the western end of Lemon St. at its intersection with US-1/Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Understanding the impacts of coastal change
UF & GTMNERR hosting three year project
Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) from multiple disciplines, including urban and regional planning, engineering, and landscape architecture, are working with staff at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) to understand the potential impacts of coastal change and sea level rise in the Matanzas Basin. The goal of the project is to collect, generate, and share information about the potential impacts of coastal change and strategies for adaptation with community leaders and the public to facilitate more resilient communities and natural systems.
Two workshops on the project will be held for St. Augustine residents on Thursday, December 6. The first will be at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm (999 Anastasia Blvd.) starting at 9:00am, and the other at Flagler College (74 King St.) starting at 5:30pm. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Emily Montgomery by calling 904.823.2291 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information about the project, visit www.PlanningMatanzas.org.
Commission sets two workshops in December
December’s busy holiday season will result in the Commission having only one regular meeting, scheduled for December 10, but the Commission has also scheduled two workshops that month.
The first workshop, set to start at 4:00pm on December 10, concerns the future of the carpet golf facility located near the City Marina. The second workshop on Thursday, December 13 at 9:00am, will be a discussion of modifications to the city zoning code, starting with the use of Planned Unit Developments (PUD).
All of the meetings will be held in The Alcazar Room in City Hall, 75 King St. When available, agendas for the meetings will be posted on the city’s web site here.
Opportunities to serve
The City Commission is accepting applications to fill vacancies on:
— the Code Enforcement, Adjustments & Appeals Board, and
— the Board of Trustees St. Augustine Police Officers’ Retirement System.
Interested individuals who reside within the city limits of the City of St. Augustine are invited to submit applications for this volunteer board. Applications are requested by Friday, November 30 with appointments tentatively scheduled for the City Commission meeting of Monday, December 10. For information concerning qualifications and applications please contact the City Clerk’s office at 825-1007. The application form is available on the city’s web site by clicking here.
Meeting schedule and agendas
General Employees Retirement Board. Wednesday, November 28. For more information, click here.
Police Department Retirement Board. November 28. For more information, click here.
City Commission Reorganizational meeting. Monday, December 3. When available, the agenda will be here.
Planning and Zoning Board. Tuesday, December 4. Agenda is here.
City Commission regular meeting. Monday, December 10. 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
Historically, the Solarium served as an area where guests could gather for conversation, enjoy entertainment, or watch activities taking place in town or along the bay front. Rehabilitation of this room and the fourth floor will permit similar activities, as well as provide for an exceptional event venue. The Solarium remains as the last significant space to be restored in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and the room is quite different than any other.
The fundraising campaign began in 2009, and since that time the College has secured more than $1,500,000 from private sources for the project. In honor of their lead gift, the Solarium will be renamed to recognize historic preservation supporters and philanthropists Allen and Delores Lastinger.
All of the projects are expected to begin in fall of 2012.
Flagler College has chosen St. Augustine-based A.D. Davis Construction, which specializes in custom construction for commercial, residential, renovation and historic restoration, to complete the Solarium project.
Projects that were approved for funding are:
• $350,000 for restoration of the Solarium of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark, additionally honoring the 100th anniversary of Henry Flagler’s completion of the Overseas Railway and his importance to the development of Florida;
• $50,000 through a #1 ranked Acquisition and Development grant for restoration of the Solarium; and
• $25,000 through a #1 ranked Community Education grant for the 125th Anniversary Exhibition project.
Hotel Ponce de Leon — Solarium
The twin towers of the Ponce flank a great dome topped by a copper lantern. These elements define the St. Augustine skyline and have done so since the time of the Hotel’s opening in 1888. They represent Florida’s first “boom” era; serve as landmarks for travelers on land and water; and are the featured architectural elements in many photos. In 1964, prior to St. Augustine’s 400th anniversary, the City established height limitations relative to these building elements: no building would be constructed taller than the towers on the Ponce. Those standards remain in place today, helping to make the St. Augustine skyline one of the most photographed in the nation and reflecting the city’s longstanding commitment to preservation of its cultural resources.
The grant projects have been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.
Flagler College is an independent, four-year, comprehensive baccalaureate college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 24 majors, 29 minors and two pre-professional programs, the largest majors being business, education and communication. Small by intent, Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost; tuition is $23,690, including room and board. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for the historic beauty of its campus. The main building is Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1887 as a luxury resort by Henry Flagler, who co-founded the Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu
Source: Flagler College