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December 2018

Wed. December 26
Sat. December 29

Mike Cullum, Public Works Director

Public Works 2018 Recap:  From infrasturcture improvements and paving in 2018, let's also look ahead to our most impactful projects coming in 2019.

Wed. December 19
Sat. December 22

Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst

Cease the Grease:  What not to put down the drain, and information about the upcoming used oil and electronics recycling event.

Wed. December 12
Sat. December 15

Jim LaPointe, Water Treatment Plant Operator

What's in our Water?: We don't give it a thought, but there is always someone on-call 24/7/365, to make sure we get clean, safe drinking water in our homes every day.

Wed. December 5
Sat. December 8

Bob Growick, Prevention Chief/Fire Marshal

Fire safety for the holidays: Safety reminders specific to holiday décor and heating our homes, such as stringing lights or pulling space heaters out of storage.

November 2018

Wed. November 28
Sat. December 1

Darlene Galambos, City Clerk

Swearing-in City Commissioners: Understanding the process for the installation of commissioners, terms of office, and how our mayor-commission form of government works.

Wed. November 21
Sat. November 24

Richard "Buddy" Schauland, Building Official

Flood Maps: Who decides the flood zones? Why do they change? What does it all mean for me?  All these answers and more!

Wed. November 14
Sat. November 17

Xavier "X" Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

Light-Up! Night Shuttle: Everything you need to know about the free parking shuttle for the signature kick-off event of the 25th Anniversary of Nights of Lights.

Wed. November 7
Sat. November 10

Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator

Recycling in St. Augustine: Lots of ways to "recycle right" and take advantage of the services the city offers to both residents and businesses.

October 2018

Wed. October 31
Sat. November 3

Dalene Galambos, City Clerk

Serve your community without running for office: Learn about volunteer citizen boards and committees, and other duties of the City Clerk's office. 

Wed. October 24
Sat. October 27

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

How do you get your information?: The city distributes information across multiple platforms, from traditional press releases to social media and website.

Wed. October 17
Sat. October 20

James Wheeler, Capital Project Engineer

Smoke Testing: It's how we can tell if we have leaky sewer pipes.

Wed. October 10
Sat. October 13

Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief

Celebrating success at SAFD: Class1 ISO certification recognition, swearing-in of new firefighters, and presentation of medals of heroism and service commendation.

Wed. October 3
Sat. October 6

Bob Growick, Fire Marshal and Chief of Prevention

Fire Prevention Week: Safety reminders and SAFD prevention programs.

Fire September 2018

Wed. September 26
Sat. September 29

Char Putz, Streets & Grounds Manager

Reflections of a decade: Changes in the city over the years, experienceing two hurricanes, and what it takes to mainatain all those public spaces.

Wed. September 19
Sat. September 21

Roxanne Horvath, City Commissioner

The different "hats" of a City Commissioner: Representing the city on the Northeast Florida Regional Council and seeing the realization of an idea come to life in the Bayfront Connectivity Project.

Wed. September 12
Sat. September 15

Barry Fox, Police Chief

Crime is down in the Nation’s Oldest City: What do the crime report statistics mean and what made the difference? 

Wed. September 5
Sat. September 8

Stephen Slaughter, Engineer

Charlotte Street Utilities Project: What was taken out, what goes back in, and what goes beneath the brick?

August 2018

Wed. August 29
Sat. September 1

Marcus Pinson, Utilities Plant Engineer

Watermain projects: What is "pipe-bursting" and how does it help the city?

Wed. August 22
Sat. August 25

Sam Adukiewicz, Harbormaster

City Marina repairs and accessibility improvements: Still repairing from Hurricane Irma and simultaneously improving pedestrian access along the bayfront.

Wed. August 15
Sat. August 18

Andrea White, City Archaeologist

Digging into our history: When do you call the city archaeologist?  And just what's been happening at Charlotte Street?

Wed. August 8
Sat. August 11

John Regan, City Manager

Making the grade and capital improvements: Understanding the significance of the Infrastructure Assessment Report "grades" and how they impact capital improvement planning throughout the city.

Wed. August 1
Sat. August 4

Chris Anderson, Foreman II, Streets & Grounds Division

Grounds-keeping around the city: It's more than just mowing the lawn and trimming the shrubs. 

July 2018

Wed. July 25
Sat. July 28

Meredith Breidenstein, Director of Budget and Performance Management

Budget season is underway: Rebroadcast of the budget discussion of proposed millage rates, Fire Assessment fees, and other income streams for the city. 

Wed. July 18
Sat. July 21

Jim Piggott, General Services Director

What's happening at the marina?: Construction and repair projects around the city including the bayfront seawall, the municipal marina docks, and Lighthouse Pier.

Wed. July 11
Sat. July 14

Meredith Breidenstein, Director of Budget and Performance Management

Budget season is underway: Proposed millage rates, Fire Assessment fees, and other income streams for the city.  How does the city manage income and expenses to maintain a balanced budget?

Wed. July 4
Sat. July 7

Bob Growick, Fire Marshal and
Fire Prevention Division Chief

Fireworks fun and staying safe in the heat: Helpful reminders about using personal fireworks in a way that is safe for the user and spectators, and some tips on staying safe in the mid-summer heat.

June 2018

Wed. June 27
Sat. June 30

Jessica Beach, Professional Engineer

Stormwater projects around the city: Update on Davis Shores tideflex valve installation, South Dixie Highway box culvert is complete, and Lake Maria Sanchez is on the drawing board.

Wed. June 20
Sat. June 23

Cpl. Jeff Truncellito, St. Augustine Police Officer

4th of July in St. Augustine: Parking, pedestrians, traffic, road closures, and fireworks... everything you need to know for celebrating 4th of July in the Nation's Oldest City.

Wed. June 13
Sat. June 16

Mike Cullum, Public Works Director

Welcome to CityStAug: Meet the new Public Works Director, Mike Cullum, who brings over 25 years of experience as an engineer, senior manager and most recently as a district representative on a sea level rise task force.

Wed. June 6
Sat. June 9

Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

Get Connected to the City: Connect with the city on our social media platforms in preparation for hurricane season, and to be connected every day.

May 2018

Wed. May 30
Sat. June 2

Carlos Aviles, SAFD Fire Chief

Hurricane Season starts June 1: Reminders for getting ready and having a plan.

Wed. May 23
Sat. May 26

Kim Mayo, Events and Venue Coordinator

Concerts in the Plaza:  This summer tradition, often called “the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine,” kicks-off its 28th season on May 31. 

Wed. May 16
Sat. May 19

Jim Piggott, General Services Director

Summer is almost here: Learn about the pool’s upcoming season which begins on Friday, May 25 and continues through September.

Wed. May 9
Sat. May 12

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Pilot program for water taxi: Mobility solutions continue to evolve, including things such as a bike share program, changes in the city’s residential parking program and even a pilot partnership for a water taxi service.

Wed. May 2
Sat. May 5

Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer

Historic Preservation Month: Celebrating our successes and understanding new threats to the progress of historic preservation not only locally but around the state.

April 2018

Wed. April 25
Sat. April 28

Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst
Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator

National Environmental Education Week: Community Recycle Event

Wed. April 18
Sat. April 21

Barry Fox, Chief of Police

Panhandling enforcement: What's changed with city’s new panhandling ordinance? And how does the department respond with the increased demands during periods of high visitation and the spring festival season.

Wed. April 11
Sat. April 14

Jim Piggott, General Services Director

Improvement projects continue around the city: Dredging of Salt Run, repairs of the Lighthouse Park pier, recovery of the city marina, and the scheduled opening of the Galimore Community Pool for the summer season.

Wed. April 4
Sat. April 7

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Mobility keeps moving along: A few weeks ago the Free Spring Park and Ride Shuttle returned, and this week we talk about the program and how its making a difference with our mobility issues.  Tune-in to hear about several other mobility initiatives currently in the works.

March 2018

Wed. March 28
Sat. March 31

Martha Graham, Public Works Director

Looking back over the years: Starting with just the third episode of our program and joining us over the past eight years, Martha has been a frequent guest bringing information on some of Public Works' biggest projects! This week, Martha makes her last visit as a guest as she will retire on March 31 after a decade as director of the city’s largest department.

Wed. March 21
Sat. March 24

Jessica Beach, Professional Engineer

Stormwater, street drainage, and construction updates: Davis Shores outfall valves, Macaris St. outfall valves, Oyster Creek Box Culvert road repairs at S. Dixie Hwy, and lots more!

Wed. March 14
Sat. March 17

Xavier "X" Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

Free Park & Ride Spring Shuttle: Why fight the congestion and traffic when you can park for free and let someone else do the driving?

Wed. March 7
Sat. March 10

Andrea White, City Archaeologist

The Ancient City unearthed: Some unique characteristics of the St. Augustine community and its commitment to preserving the past through archaeology.

February 2018

Wed. February 28
Sat. March 3

Jessica Joyce, Assistant Visitor Services Manager
Ruth Snider, Gift Shop Coordinator

Visitor Information Center and Gift Shop: It's not just for visitors! Cool stuff in the gift shop and local discount information available for residents.

Wed. February 21
Sat. February 24

Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Residential and commercial, curbside pick-up and electronics drop-off - there's more to the city's recycling program than putting your bottles and cans on the curb.

Wed. February 14
Sat. February 17

Martha Graham, Public Works Director

Historic underground: There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to road resurfacing projects and underground utilities.

Wed. February 7
Sat. February 10

Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer

Preserving our historic resources: With various types of historic structures around the city. can you tell the difference colonial, mid-century, and just plain historic?  Do you know what it means for a structure to be an example of "adaptive reuse"?

January 2018

Wed. January 31
Sat. February 3

Wanda Bray, Event Administrator

Reflections of an "Event-ful" Career: Retiring this week with over 15 years of service to the city, Wanda looks back at the highlights of her career and the most memorable of them all.

Wed. January 24
Sat. January 27

Richard "Buddy" Schauland, Building Official

Building Code Changes: In the aftermath of two hurricanes, learn about some of the changes to the building codes that are making a difference for homeowners.

Wed. January 17
Sat. January 20

Amy Skinner, Planning & Building Department Deputy Director

South Street pathway and other projects: Lincolnville CRA, entry corridor standards, city's Master Plan, and more.

Wed. January 10
Sat. January 13

Chris Anderson, Foreman, Streets and Grounds Division

Keeping the city looking good: Streets and grounds crews prepare fro Arbor Day, January 19.

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 2018 for the Nation's Oldest City