This year’s ceremony marks the 25th year the city has received the prized designation of Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. There are 129 cities in the State of Florida which have received the designation of Tree City USA but only 11 have received the designation longer than St. Augustine. In addition, the Foundation presented the city with the Tree City USA Growth Award, an honor it has received every year since 1991. To read the entire story dated January 2008, click here.
Tours offered four times daily through First Spanish Period structure. After an extensive renovation lasting over three years, the de Mesa Sanchez House, whose origins date to St. Augustine’s First Spanish Period, has re-opened. The well known structure, located at 43 St. George St., now offers a window onto life in St. Augustine’s earliest days as a part of the United States. To read the entire story dated February 2008, click here.
Over 200 people braved threatening weather to attend the Community Kickoff to launch planning for the 2015 commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Augustine. To read the entire story dated June 2008, click here.
The City of St. Augustine’s Birthday is one of the most exciting times of the year. The celebration grows each year and this year includes three full days of special events. To read the entire story dated August 2008, click here.
New piece of equipment fills a need and at no cost to the city
The City of St. Augustine’s Fire Department (SAFD) maintains a well stocked arsenal of fire fighting equipment but until now that arsenal has been lacking one important piece of equipment, especially in a city surrounded by water: a fire boat. To read the entire story dated September 2008, click here.
In May 2008, the University of Florida formed a Steering Committee to develop a Strategic Plan by February 1, 2009 for the preservation and management of the State-owned historic properties in downtown St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Historic District Strategic Plan will bring together recommendations for visioning, marketing, physical improvements and educational programming for these properties and their
environs. To read the entire story dated September 2008, click here.
The City of St. Augustine recently went on-line with a new low pressure reverse osmosis (LPRO) water treatment plant located at the corner of W. King St. and Palmer Ave. A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held at the new facility. To read the entire story dated October 2008, click here.
The City of St. Augustine hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Davis Shores Neighborhood Park on Monday, November 24. The park, located at the corner of Anastasia Blvd. and Red Cox Dr., will feature a picnic area, fitness trail, playground equipment and a beginner skate park. Scheduled to open in spring 2009, the park was made possible through contributions from the community and from the State of Florida, St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine. To read the entire story from November 2008, click here.