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The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: email@example.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.
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The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing clean and safe drinking water. For the previous year's sampling results please click here. To notify the city regarding water treatment concerns contact: Patrick Timoney, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Phn: 904.825.1044, Fax: 904.823-2280, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com, or write the City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.
The very successful and popular Discover First America! series returned to Flagler College Auditorium, on Wednesday, December 7. To read an account by The St. Augustine Record of the first program, Pirates & Privateers of St. Augustine, click here.
The five-part entertainment series explores facets of St. Augustine’s rich history and culture, including food, dance, colorful costumes, shipwrecks, pirates, discovery, archaeological sites, Revolutionary War, and the military presence in St. Augustine for more than four-and-a–half centuries.
“We are thrilled to bring this series of events back to the community,” said Dana Ste. Claire, Development Director for the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration. “The first series was standing-room only, and we are excited to continue presenting information on St. Augustine’s history and culture.”
The Discover First America! series is presented as part of the four-year St. Augustine 450th Commemoration. Held at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, each program will begin at 7:00pm with doors open at 6:00pm seating, lobby displays, demonstrations and book signings. Admission is free for the series and all attendees will receive a St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Passport with souvenir stampings provided.
For more information, call 904.825.1053 or visit www.staugustine-450.com. The Discover First America! series is sponsored by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, Flagler College, Florida Power & Light, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine Record, National Park Service/National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Augustine.com, Destination Planning, and SGS Art & Design.
Wednesday, December 7
Pat Croce, owner of the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and celebrity adventurer joins and Dr. Sam Turner, Director of Archeology with the Lighthouse Archeological Maritime Program, to present this program. Croce will speak about the journeys of the pirates of St. Augustine from Francis Drake to Robert Searle. Turner will tell about 1500s life in St. Augustine and the nation’s oldest port based on recent historical and archaeological research. This event is sponsored by the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.
Tuesday, January 10
Internationally acclaimed archaeologist Kathleen Deagan reports on her latest finds at the Fountain of Youth national archaeological site, the very location of the 1565 Menendez settlement, St. Augustine’s “Plymouth Rock.” St. Augustine City archaeologist Carl Halbirt tells of his new discoveries, including a possible early wooden fort. Menendez himself, portrayed by actor and historian Chad Light, and a full entourage of Spanish soldiers, Timucuan Indians, and Catholic priests recreate the historic 1565 landing. The Native American culture at the village of Seloy will be brought to life. This event is sponsored by the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
Wednesday, January 25
Roger Smith, a scholar of St. Augustine's British Colonial Period, will recount the last days of the British reign in America, which took place in St. Augustine at the Pena-Peck House. Smith will also talk about the rich colonial maritime history of St. Augustine. John Stavely, author, tour guide and re-enactor, will appear as Jesse Fish, the persuasive British broker. A colonial fashion show will conclude the program. This event is sponsored by the First Light Maritime Society.
Tuesday, February 7
The lifeways, foods, songs and dance of the multiple cultures of St. Augustine will be presented, including the Menorcan, Greek and African cultures. These cultures are important threads of St. Augustine’s tapestry. Also, the secret colonial recipes for rum and Menorcan clam chowder will be revealed. This event is sponsored by the Casa Monica Hotel.
Thursday, February 16
The military presence from the beginning of St. Augustine will be depicted. For centuries, St. Augustine has been shaped by wars, battles and military campaigns. From the soldiers of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Fort Mose Militia to the Revolutionary, Seminole and Civil Wars, and finally the modern-day National Guard, 450 years of military history will be covered in 100 minutes through soldier re-enactors and vignettes. This event is sponsored by the St. Augustine 450th Military Commemoration Committee of the St. Johns County Veteran’s Council.
About the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is planned as a four-year celebration, beginning 2012 with the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution; continuing 2013 with the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon, the discoverer of Florida and, by all official accounts, mainland America; continuing 2014 with the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act; and ending in 2015 with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565 as the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. Events during the commemoration will serve to build an understanding of and appreciation for the legacies of St. Augustine. These events will focus on signature themes that reflect the major chapters in St. Augustine’s and America’s history.