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Lawsuit Filed Against St. Augustine Mask Mandate

As predicted, the City of St. Augustine is now facing a lawsuit over their mandatory mask policy, just days after its enactment.This morning, State Representative Anthony Sabatini, who has been involved in multiple lawsuits against other cities and counties attempting similar mandates, posted the p

SJSO: Don't Fight Each Other Over Mask Wearing

A Public Safety Message from Sheriff Shoar: I wanted to take a moment to discuss an issue that has recently emerged in other parts of our state and across our nation. St. Johns County has already endured many challenges due to the Covid-19 virus and we would like to ensure this current trend does n

St. Johns County Does Not Mandate Face Masks

After hours of public comment, a motion was brought forward by County Commissioner Henry Dean to mandate face masks in St. Johns County, with terms to be discussed and decided at a later time.The motion did not receive a second from any commissioners, and therefore failed due to the lack of a second

UF Says They're Working To Remove Loring Monument In St. Augustine

UF announced a multi-step approach to "Addressing racism and inequities" last week. Part of the plan was “removing any monuments or namings that UF can control that celebrate the Confederacy or its leaders.” In a statement to WJCT News, a UF spokesperson said "University of Florida President Kent Fu

St. Augustine Mask Mandate Goes Into Effect At Midnight

After suggestions from the City Attorney and City Manager John Regan, Mayor Upchurch enacted emergency powers to close public comment after two hours, and vote to enact their mandatory mask ordinance, which was passed unanimously.While trying to hash out the details, at one point the city attorney j

'Mask Mandate' Ordinance Definitions, Requirements, Exception, Enforcement

Section 1. Definitions.Face Covering shall mean a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’snose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Typesof coverings include a face mask, homemade mask, or other covering, such as a scarf,bandana, handkerchief, or ot

Lawsuit To Keep Memorial In Place Dismissed

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Jacksonville by Attorney David McCallister on behalf of a number of plaintiffs, including descendants of people listed on the memorial.The lawsuit sought to keep the monument from being removed and also asked for a temporary restraining order to keep the cit

Positive Covid Tests Cause SAHS Boys Basketball Offseason Suspension

St. Augustine High has suspended its offseason basketball conditioning program after the parents of an attendee tested positive for COVID-19.Yellow Jackets basketball coach Quinterrance Cooper made the announcement late Sunday night.Cooper said the player has tested negative for COVID-19 and their p

St. Augustine Votes 3-2 To Remove Confederate Memorial From Plaza

After over nine hours of public comment, the St. Augustine City Commission has voted, 3-2, in favor of removing/relocating the Confederate Memorial from the Plaza de la Constitution.Mayor Tracy Upchurch, Vice-Mayor Leanna Freeman, and Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline voted in favor. Commissioners John

St. Augustine Man Found Hanging Near Cracker Barrel In Apparent Suicide

The discovery of the man was reported to 911 at 4:50 this morning, by a caller who said that “there is someone hanging from a tree.” Sheriff’s deputies, detectives and crime scene analysts converged on the scene, which was roped off. The medical examiner reported to the scene at 6:54 a.m., removing

Local Police Chiefs Exploring Body Camera Options, Talking Implementation

[FCN]- In a city commission meeting in June, Fox said "It is not my perception that really counts, it’s the public’s perception of what law enforcement needs to do. I am re-engaged in that conversation."He is now pricing different products and taking input from the public about equipping his officer

Who Is Mark Dobbins? Fake Troll Profile Most Vocal Supporter Of Candidate

One camp has unfortunately reverted to ugly and deceitful politics, and tried everything in the books to spread misleading information, and sometimes just outright lies about his opponent.But who is "Mark Dobbins"?Well, first off, we know his profile was created May 17th of this year, and all his po

Shit Human Gets Life In Prison For Acts Against Girlfriend's Children

A 41-year-old St. Augustine man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison on charges of sexual assault and lewd and lascivious molestation of his girlfriend’s children, according to the State Attorney’s Office.Joseph Dean Allen of County Road 16A faces three consecutive terms of life after a Putnam Co

HARDWICK: 'I Am Open To Body Cameras, Absolutely... Budget Not An Excuse'

"I am open to body cameras, absolutely, we have to change with the times" said St. Johns County Sheriff's candidate and current Beach Police Chief Robert Hardwick, when asked about body cameras in St. Johns County. This at the site of Tuesday's planned debate, which was canceled by his opponent the

Why Did Pallets Of Bricks Show Up In Downtown?

Images circulated around social media yesterday showing pallets of bricks stacked up in view of the fort. This during a time when protests in the plaza were happening.Facebook lit up with comments insinuating that bricks had been delivered in order to be used in riots.I went down to the area as soon

REPORT: Off Duty SJSO Deputy Shoots Woman In Home

A St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputy, Napoleon Staggers, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after a domestic incident Monday evening.The spokesperson said there was a disturbance inside of the home, a gun became involved and the off-duty deputy shot the person in “a lower extremity.”Tha

ZERO Traces of COVID Found in St. Augustine Wastewater

The city of St. Augustine started taking samples at the end of April from its wastewater treatment plant to test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Coronavirus was undetectable in the samples from that first week of samples.Being below the detection limit means that there

BACK ON: City Reverses Decision To Cancel Fireworks.

This should serve as a powerful message, that the people who elected our officials are in control, not the government. In a world where we can't trust so much of the information that's out there, it is important to hold our local city officials to the highest standard when it comes to delivering cre