The city of St Augustine is in clean up mode after hurricane Irma. First Coast.TV went to see the damage and the efforts to recover.
First Coast.TV got a moment to talk to the Mayor of St Augustine Nancy Shaver about the potential danger of hurricane Irma as it approaches the state of Florida, less than a year since the devastation of hurricane Matthew.
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St Augustine citizens came to St Paul AME Church to have an orderly forum concerning the fate of some confederate monuments in public spaces. The event was hosted by Rev. Ron Rawls and people spoke against and for the these symbols of the confederacy.
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First Coast.Tv got a chance to speak with Gary Bruce and Mary K. Ference about the total renovation of the Hamblen House/Legion Post #37. It has taken several years and a hurricane to complete, and now open to the public to enjoy its food, drink, view and history.
Residents of St Augustine had a peaceful protest on Saturday July 1st from 11:00am -1:00pm along West Castillo Drive to bring to the peoples attention that the San Marco Hotel PUD threatens St Augustine Historic Preservation 5 (HP-5). Those present at the protest felt that rezoning this area would threaten it and the north city, allowing commercial expansion into that area and threatening the heritage of the city. They felt that neighborhood preservation should be the priority and not its commercialization.
First Coast.Tv went to see Aya & Noor’s organic garden at there home and was impressed by the amount of vegetables that came out from such a small amount of real estate. The Mayor Nancy Shaver came by to admire and encourage the girls in another green project. If you remember, the girls had entered a green dream house in a competition, in January of this year.
Following the tragic loss of 49 lives on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, at the Pulse nightclub, St Augustine took a moment on Sunday to remember the 49 victims, with words and a silent march.
Surf Quest was bringing joy to many at Butler Beach this Saturday June 10th, 2017. Many adults and children of all ages with disabilities were taken into the waves, to surf under the supervision of seasoned swimmers and surfers. The day was beautiful, as was the energy of this event.
Developing the St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure and Zipline has been a labor of love for founders Shawn and Kathy Hiester. They have been passionate about marine biology since they were kids and are thrilled to share that passion with their community through a viable and sustainable public aquarium.
Shawn and Kathy spent two years traveling the country to tour aquariums and meet the dedicated people who make them work. They also assembled a team of experts to not just build a business, but to use the aquarium as a vehicle for research, education and thoughtful discussion about the state of Florida’s marine habitats. They established relationships with marine research universities and organizations in support of their mission: marine conservation through education.
First Coast.TV was able to talk to Shawn & Kathy and visit this wonderful aquarium.