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2017 The Break Room

December 2017
Wed. Dec. 13
Sat. Dec. 16

Bob Growick, Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Division Chief

Fire Safety for the season: Its the holidays and we are heading into winter - both seasons are a reason to stay fire-safe.

Wed. Dec. 6
Sat. Dec. 9

Darlene Galambos, City Clerk

City Clerk's Office: More than just record-keeping and public records requests 

November 2017
Wed. Nov. 29
Sat. Dec. 2

Jessica Beach, Engineer

Sunny Day Flooding: What is it and what is the solution? 

Wed. Nov. 22
Sat. Nov. 25

Xavier Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

Free Nights of Lights Park and Ride Shuttle: including the parking locations, shuttle route and operational details of this popular service.

Wed. Nov. 15
Sat. Nov. 18

Wanda Bray, Event Administrator

Light up! Night update: Get all the details here with tips on how to make the most of the event and information about the Free Park and Ride Nights of Lights Shuttle.

Wed. Nov. 8
Sat. Nov. 11

Barry Fox, Chief of Police

Police update: Keeping residents and visitors safe during the busy holiday season.

Wed. Nov. 1
Sat. Nov. 4

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Walkability: New initiatives in pedestrian safety and walkability in our neighborhoods, and the future of satellite parking and shuttles.

October 2017

Wed. Oct. 25
Sat. Oct 28

Nancy Shaver, Mayor of St. Augustine

City Government Week: "Home Rule" and other aspects of our own local government - why is local government perhaps the most important? 

Wed. Oct. 18
Sat. Oct 20

Tara Bennie, Parking Manager

Parking in St. Augustine: Meters, lots, street parking, parking garage... where and how to park around town!

Wed. Oct. 11
Sat. Oct 14

Martha Graham, Public Works Director

Public Works Update: Water main projects, a new urban forest management program, and a report on the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Wed. Oct. 4
Sat. Oct 7

Bob Growick, Fire Marshal and Chief of Fire Prevention

October is Fire Prevention Month: Fire prevention and household safety tips

September 2017

Wed. Sept. 27
Sat. Sept 30

Carl Halbirt, City Archaeologist

Carl Halbirt: A look back at the history of archaeology in our city.

Wed. Sept. 20
Sat. Sept 23

John Regan, City Manager

Hurricane Irma: Preparation, Response and Recovery. Applying lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew.

Wed. Sept. 13
Sat. Sept 16

No Broadcast

Due to Hurricane Irma

Wed. Sept. 6
Sat. Sept 9

Carlos Aviles, St. Augustine Fire Chief

Upcoming 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance and a look back at Hurricane Matthew.

August 2017

Wed. Aug 30
Sat. Sept 2

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

Where do you get your public information about the city? From Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to the city's website and e-newsletter, we've got you covered.

Wed. Aug 23
Sat. Aug 26

Jim Piggott, General Services Director

General Services Department: An update on the department that keeps all other departments in the city in business, from the termite fumigation of City Hall to repairs at the marina and the lighthouse ramp, to paperclips. police cars and fire hoses.

Wed. Aug 17
Sat. Aug 19

Wanda Bray, Event Administrator

Concerts in the Plaza Update: With summer winding down, listen for the extended schedule as we have rescheduled new performance dates for the rained-out concerts.

Wed. Aug 9
Sat. Aug 12

Marcus Pinson, Utilities Plant Engineer

Pipe Bursting on San Marco: Underground water main pipe replacement with no road closures, and no daytime traffic interruptions.

Wed. Aug 2
Sat. Aug 5

Barry Fox, Police Chief, St. Augustine Police Department

Back to School: It's that time of year to be especially aware of speeds in school zones - and hear about other activities of the SAPD.

July 2017

Wed. Jul 26
Sat. Jul 29

Todd Grant, Deputy Director, Public Works Department

Water conservation: Replacing water meters is more than just getting a new water meter.

Wed. Jul 19
Sat. Jul 22

On Break!

The Break Room will return next week!

Wed. Jul 12
Sat. Jul 15

Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer

Historic Preservation:  Historic Preservation and why it's important, especially with maintaining unique styles of architecture and historic periods, such as with the Waterworks Building on San Marco Ave.

Wed. Jul 5
Sat. Jul 8

Mark Samson, SAPD Public Information Officer

Summer Safety Tips:  Whether being cautious when driving through the crowded city streets here, or off on your own vacation away from St. Augustine, we've got some things to think about.

June 2017

Wed. Jun 28
Sat. Jul 1

Wanda Bray, Event Administrator

Fireworks Over the Matanzas: From the music in the Plaza, until the last boom over the Bayfront, July 4th is a great day for celebration in downtown St. Augustine.

Wed. Jun 21
Sat. Jun 24

Meredith Breidenstein, Director of Budget and Performance Management

Budget Review: Understanding the budget process

Wed. Jun 15
Sat. Jun 17

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Mobility Update: San Marco Ave. resurfacing and other mobility projects around the city.

Wed. Jun 8
Sat. Jun 10

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

Get Connected to CityStAug: Connect with our website and social media now, as part of hurricane season preparation!

May 2017

Wed. May 31
Sat. Jun 3

Chief Carlos Aviles, St. Augustine Fire Department

Hurricane Season: It's that time of year again, and we are able to look back at lessosn learned!

Wed. May 17
Sat. May 20

Wanda Bray, Events Administrator

Concerts in the Plaza: Returning for the 27th season! 

Wed. May 17
Sat. May 20

Chris Anderson, Foreman, Streets & Ground Division

The City's "Front Lawn": What it takes to keep the City looking beautiful, all year long.

Wed. May 10
Sat. May 13

Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director

Public Works Connects Us: Community Celebration on May 20th, 10am-2pm at 253 W. King.

Wed. May 3
Sat. May 6

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Neighborhood Mobility Walks: Listening to neighborhood residents, the city can find ways to offer small solutions that make a big difference with the community.

April 2017

Wed. April 26
Sat. April 29

Sam Adukiewicz, Harbormaster

Municipal Marina: Repairs to docks, visiting/resident boaters, activities on the waterfront.

Wed. April 19
Sat. April 22

Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst & Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator

Environmental Awareness: Understanding illicit discharge, sewer waste, storm drains, recycling, diversion, and single stream process. 

Wed. April 12
Sat. April 15

David Birchim, Planning & Building Director

Short-Term Rentals: What's allowed and what does it mean for me? 

Wed. April 5
Sat. April 8

Nancy Sikes-Kline, City Commissioner

Transportation Is Just One Part of Mobility: 

March 2017

Wed. March 29
Sat. April 1

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Mobility Status Update: Learn about current and future projects getting underway to address the challenges of mobility throughout our city.

Wed. March 22
Sat. March 25

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

Videos on Social Media: Sharing public information and messaging with the public using video PSAs

Wed. March 15
Sat. March 18

Marcus Pinson, Utilities Plant Engineer

Drinking Water: Top-rated drinking water in northeast Florida!

Wed. March 8
Sat. March 11

Daniel Borrer, Development and Utilities Coordinator

Stormwater: Keeping the storm drains clean

Wed. March 1
Sat. March 4

Carl Halbirt, Archaeologist

Unearthing the Past:

February 2017

Wed. February 22
Sat. February 25

Donna Hayes, Human Resources Manager

Working for the City: Hiring a solid workforce to keep the city running smoothly.

Wed. February 15
Sat. February 18

Tim Fleming, General Services Deputy Director

Utility Projects in Lincolnville: Securing funds from grants to help with various projects, from historic preservation to utility rehabilitations

Wed. February 8
Sat. February 11

Fire Marshal Bob Growick, and Division Chief of Fire Prevention

Space Heater Safety: Portable space heaters are very convenient, but can be very dangerous if not used carfeully!

Wed. February 1
Sat. February 4

Erin Minnigan, Historic Preservation and Community Development Planner

CRA 101: Understanding the Community Redevelopment Area and it's importance to St. Augustine's redevelopment efforts

January 2017

Wed. January 25
Sat. January 28

Chief Barry Fox, St. Augustine Police Department

SAPD is using more social media to reach our residents @CityStAug on Twitter!

Wed. January 18
Sat. January 21

Xavier "X" Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

Re-Cap: Nights of Lights Shuttle

Wed. January 11
Sat. January 14

Char Putz, Streets & Grounds Division Manager

Arbor Day, Tree City USA, and the effects of Hurricane Matthew on our city's tree canopy.

Wed. January 4
Sat. January 7

John Regan, City Manager

Ringing in the New Year: New beginnings in the New Year - what's to come in 2017 for the Nation's Oldest City

December 2016

Wed. December 28
Sat. December 31

Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator

End of Year Cleanup: Out with old, in with the new - more trash and recycling than usual

Wed. December 21
Sat. December 24

Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst

FOG! Fats, Oils, & Grease: Holiday cooking means more waste! Do you know the proper disposal of such materials?

Wed. December 14
Sat. December 17

Sam Adukiewicz, Harbormaster

Municipal Marina: A Day in the Life and Hurricane Matthew Day-to-day operations and so many boating ameneties, and understanding the impact of the hurricane on the marina.

Wed. December 7
Sat. December 10

Barry Fox, Chief of Police

A New Chief in Town Chief Barry Fox talks about his first days as Chief and looks ahead to some new ideas for the Nation's Oldest City.

November 2016

Wed. November 30
Sat. December 3

Martha Graham, Public Works Director
Xavier "X" Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

FREE Park & Ride Shuttle: Implemented to aid with minimizing congestion downtown during Night of Lights. Learn about the shuttle and how it came into being - and what plans there are for future similar offerings.

Wed. November 23
Sat. November 26

Loran Lueders, Police Chief

Reflections from the Police Chief: Thoughts on the city, 35 years of service, and being a member of the police force in the Nation's Oldest City.  

Wed. November 16
Sat. November 19

Wanda Bray, Events Coordinator

Encore broadcast! Light-Up! Night

Wed. November 9
Sat. November 12

Wanda Bray, Events Coordinator

Light-Up! Night and celebrating the kickoff to the holiday season in St. Augustine

Wed. November 2
Sat. November 5

Darlene Galambos, City Clerk

City Elections and other ways to serve!

October 2016

Wed. October 26
Sat. October 29

Meredith Breidenstein, Budget & Performance Director
Deanna Fraser, FEMA Media Relations

FEMA Recovery Assistance: FEMA, SBA, St. Johns County and State agencies are all here to HELP in the recovery process.  Get registered!

Wed. October 19
Sat. October 22

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

Communicating In a Crisis: How Hurricane Matthew put the City's new website and social media platforms to the test

Wed. October 13
Sat. October 16

Martha Graham, Public Works Director

Hurricane Matthew: Debris Removal and Other Recovery Efforts

Wed. October 5
Sat. October 8

Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief

Storm Preparedness: How the city prepares, and some preparation reminders for residents

September 2016

Wed. September 28
Sat. October 1

Bob Growick, Fire Prevention Division Chief and Fire Marshal

Fire Prevention Week is Coming Look for helpful safety tips from SAFD, October 9-17

Wed. September 21
Sat. September 24

Wade Giddens, Utility Field Operations Manager

Hurricane Hermine: Helping Those in Need After the Storm

Wed. September 14
Sat. September 17

Jenny Wolfe, Historical Preservation and Special Projects Planner

Historical Markers: Connecting Our Past with the Present

Wed. September 7
Sat. September 10

John Regan, City Manager

Hurricane Hermine: Preparations and Lending a Hand. Also, a little bit about the budget

August 2016

Wed. August 31
Sat. September 3

Carl Halbirt, City Archaeologist

Not all significant finds are centuries-old

Wed. August 24
Sat. August 27

JC Costeira, Fire Chief

29+ Years: A Look Back

Wed. August 17
Sat. August 20

Meredith Breidenstein, Budget & Performance Director

Let's Talk About the Budget!

Wed. August 10
Sat. August 13

Martha Graham, Public Works Director

Mobility: A Community Effort

Wed. August 3
Sat. August 6

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

City's New Website and Social Media