Local Reaction to First Presidential Debate

Flagler College at the Gamache-Koger Auditorium in St Augustine, FL showed the debate on the big screen to a crowd mostly of democrats from the student body, though there were some Trump supporters and undecided voters among the crowd. At times the crowd would react to something said by the candidates as if they were spectators at a boxing match. First Coast.TV spoke to the attendees before the debate and after to get the vibe of the crowd.

Lincolnville Parade & Festival 2016

The 37th annual Lincolnville Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, and this year’s celebration coincided with the 150th birthday of the community, which was founded in 1866 in the southwest peninsula of St. Augustine. Ron Rawls, pastor at St. Paul AME Church, said his organization, St. Paul Development Center, began coordinating the event last year. The Lincolnville Festival first launched in 1979 in an effort to restore the historic community. “The community used to be predominantly African-American, and in recent years it’s been gentrified and the culture and history of the community is dissipating,” he said. “It’s important to maintain the history here in Lincolnville.” The area was founded by freed slaves and played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement as it served as the centerpiece for the movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Augustine, which led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The event kicked off on Saturday with a festival parade band performance at noon, and entertainment continued throughout the day until the last performance at 9 p.m.

Rawls said Sunday’s lineup was entirely dedicated to gospel music.

He added that children’s activities had been added and included bounce houses, face painting and basketball drills with the ABA National Champion Jacksonville Giants.