First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to City of St Augustine, Mobility Coordinator Xavier Pellicer. The conversation revolved about a new pilot program relying on satellite parking to deal with the excess traffic in the city, especially when the city has special events. On this 4th of July weekend the city will test it, and collect data, and actually see how successful it will be. So cross your fingers and hope for the best.
First Coast.TV got a chance to sit down and talk to Yvette Monell. She is the face behind SAM magazine (St Augustine Magazine), in our conversation she tells us the goal of the magazine and how such a complex and eclectic magazine comes to be, and its relation with the community.
First Coast.TV had the opportunity to sit down with George Gardner and talk about his publication The St Augustine Report. The publication is a must read if you live in St Augustine for the simple reason that it covers so many different aspects of life, community, history and government in the country’s oldest city. So here it is…
Gregory Bright (born 1954) is a New Orleans native who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1974 at the age of 20. He was sentenced to life without parole, served at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. After several years of appeals, Mr. Bright was granted a new trial in 2001 on the grounds that the prosecution had withheld evidence from the defense in his previous trial. On June 24, 2003, after 27 ½ years in prison for a crime they did not commit, Mr. Bright and Earl Truvia were both released after the Orleans Parish district attorney dismissed all charges. When Bright was released from prison, the State of Louisiana only provided a US$10 check and garbage bags full of legal paperwork.
Bright speaks around the country about his wrongful incarceration and life since prison. He can also be seen on HBO’s Tremé and TNT’s Memphis Beat.
Never Fight A Shark In Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright is an original dramatic production written by NOCCA Creative Writing Chair Lara Naughton. Never Fight a Shark in Water is based entirely on the words and recollections of Gregory Bright who spent 27 ½ years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The play, performed by Bright himself, tells the remarkable story of Bright’s wrongful conviction and exoneration, and explores the universal experiences of anger, forgiveness and compassion. It exposes the criminal justice system failures that lead to wrongful convictions and challenges us to rethink our understanding of freedom. St Augustine had the opportunity to see this play this last Friday (Feb. 12th) at the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler in the Virginia Room, and First Coast.TV was there.
Lara Naughton has taught students K-12 as well as adults. As a writer and documentarian, she assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories, and has led writing workshops with people who have faced challenging circumstances including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Salon, and on stages across the country. Her one-man documentary stage play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, about the wrongful conviction of Gregory Bright, is currently being performed by Bright himself.
A feature story about G. “Tulie” Martinez was recently seen on CNBC.com as well as the other major online publications such as Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Reuters, boston.com, and many others. So First Coast.TV asked her for a brief interview, and she was kind enough to say yes, to our request.