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The Break Room


Whether working in an office cubicle, on a factory floor or along the aisles of a retail store, time spent in the break room is usually a quiet time, away from pressure, away from work routines and often a place where co-workers can converse in a relaxed environment.  That’s the idea behind the WFCF/Flagler College Radio program, The Break Room (TBR)

Hosted by Paul K. Williamson, Public Affairs Director, the 15-minute weekly program offers a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of city government through interviews with people key in the city’s day-to-day operations. TBR airs on Wednesdays at 5:00pm and is re-broadcast on Saturdays at 8:00am.

Listen to past programs:
2018 Broadcasts
2017 Broadcasts

September 2019

Wed. September 18
Sat. September 21

Kelli Mitchell,
Historic Preservation Planner

What does it mean? What is a historic preservation district? What is the meaning of "adaptive reuse?"  Answers to these questins and more.

Wed. September 11
Sat. September 14

Andrea White,
City Archaeologist

Uncovering St. Augustine: Details about the recent dig at 9 Aviles St. and more about the work of the Archeology Division.

Wed. September 4
Sat. September 7


Due to Hurricane Dorian, we did not broadcast.

August 2019

Wed. August 28
Sat. August 31

Kim Mayo,
Event and Venue Coordinator

Extended season for Concerts in the Plaza: Bob Patterson and the Friends of Mine Band rescheduled their July performance for Thursday, Sept. 4.

Wed. August 21
Sat. August 24

Reuben Franklin,
Mobility Program Manager

Introducing... a bicycle share program: It's coming in September.  And also hear an update on crosswalks, e-scooters, Cuna St. improvements and FDOT projects, including May St./San Marco Ave.

Wed. August 14
Sat. August 17

John Regan,
City Manager

Quality of City Nightlife: Follow-up with Mr. Regan about the next steps for gathering public input and garnering support for the 5 strategic planks of the proposed strategic plan.

Wed. August 7
Sat. August 10

Mike Cullum,
Public Works Director

Public Works, everyday: From trash pick-up and parks maintenance to pot-hole fixing and so many other tasks. What projects are we working on these days?

July 2019

Wed. July 31
Sat. August 3

Jessica Beach,

Stormwater projects update: Davis Shores, Fullerwood and Lincolnville; also, a brief discussion of the city’s approach to the challenges of sea-level rise.

Wed. July 25
Sat. July 28

Kim Mayo,
Event and Venue Coordinator

Concerts in the Plaza: At the half-way point of this summer season, how's it going and what's on the schedule for the rest of the summer?

Wed. July 17
Sat. July 20

Merin Dunn,
Audiovisual, Public Records Specialist

What is Learn about the city's live streaming video broadcasts and the production process of public service announcment videos.

Wed. July 10
Sat. July 13

Barry Fox, Chief of Police

Debrief: Fireworks Over the Matanzas: How did we do this year in making it a safe and successful July 4th celbration in the Nation's Oldest City? A report from the police chief of what it takes to make it all happen.

Wed. July 3
Sat. July 6

Bob Growick,
Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Chief

Summertime safety and 4th of July: RE-BROADCAST
Take care of yourself and others in the summer heat; know how to handle legal fireworks - or leave the fireworks to the professionals.

June 2019

Wed. June 26
Sat. June 29

Bob Growick,
Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Chief 

Summertime safety and 4th of July: Take care of yourself and others in the summer heat; know how to handle legal fireworks - or leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Wed. June 19
Sat. June 22

Corey Sakryd,
Grant Administration Coordinator

91 Coquina Ave.: Public interest prompted an open house, and now we learn more about how to submit a proposal for aquisition of the property.

Wed. June 12
Sat. June 15

Melissa Wissel,
Public Information Coordinator

Get Connected to the City: Not just during hurricane season, residents are encouraged to follow our social media platforms to keep up with what's happening every day.

Wed. June 5
Sat. June 8

Carlos Aviles,
SAFD Fire Chief

2019 Hurricane Season is here: New technology for emergency management and some reminders for being prepared this year.

May 2019

Wed. May 29
Sat. June 1

Jim Piggott,
General Services Director

Summer is here: The Galimore Community Pool opened on Friday, May 24 and remains open through September.

Wed. May 22
Sat. May 25

Kim Mayo,
Event 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 29th season on May 30. 

Wed. May 15
Sat. May 18

Andrea White and Katherine Sims,
City Archaeologists

Archaeologists go digital: GIS offers story maps of city's archaeology zones, mapping of historic dig sites, and more.

Wed. May 8
Sat. May 11

Meredith Breidenstein,
Director of Budget and Performance Management

2019/2020 Budget season kicks off: Highlights from the commission's first meeting include discussions of the Citizen Survey results, mid-year financials, and if there is potential for changes to the city’s strategic plan.

Wed. May 1
Sat. May 4

Todd Grant,
Public Works Deputy Director

Organic Waste Survey: Would you compost your organic waste and add another recycle bin to your trash service?  How would  such a program work, and how does this kind of service fit into the city's current residential solid waste collection program?

April 2019

Wed. April 24
Sat. April 27

Jenny Wolfe,
Historic Preservation Officer

May is Historic Preservation Month: Learn about and celebrate our community’s commitment to preserving our past - tour the historic Waterworks Building, participate in the Keeping History Above Water conference, and more.

Wed. April 17
Sat. April 20

Glabra Skipp,
Environmental Compliance Analyst
Olivia Smith
Recycling Coordinator

Earth Day: Week-long promotion and city-wide recycling event - this year including paper shredding.

Wed. April 10
Sat. April 13

Anthony Cuthbert,
Assistant Chief of Police

Inside the FBI's police academy: Recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Cuthbert shares his experience at the intensive and highly competitive 10-week course and how his attendance benefits the department and the community he serves.

Wed. April 3
Sat. April 6

Reuben Franklin, Mobility Program Manager

Mobility is more than cars and parking: Personal vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, delivery vehicles, and the successful park and ride shuttles are all part of the city's overall mobility initiative.

March 2019

Wed. March 27
Sat. March 30

Mark Hartley,
Streets and Grounds Manager

Spring Season for Streets and Grounds Division: What are some of our best opportunities and our biggest challenges, as seen by our recently hired streets and grounds manager.

Wed. March 20
Sat. March 23

Mike Cullum,
Public Works Director

Coquina Ave. and Flood Mitigation: What’s next? Understanding the benefits of better flood control in the area and the creation of a passive park for the community.

Wed. March 13
Sat. March 16

Andrea White,
City Archaeologist

March is Archaeology Month: What's new in the lab? Come see for yourself! The public is invited to an open house at the end of the month.

Wed. March 6
Sat. March 9

Darlene Galambos,
City Clerk

What happens when the mayor resigns? A brief lesson in municipal government procedure.

February 2019

Wed. February 27
Sat. March 2

X Pellicer,
Mobility Coordinator

Spring parking shuttle returns: Enjoy free parking free transportation into the heart of the city during busy spring festival season

Wed. February 20
Sat. February 23

Kim Mayo,
Event and Venue Coordinator

Spring festival season: There are lots of festivals in town this time of year, but what is the city's role?

Wed. February 13
Sat. February 16

Meredith Breidenstein,
Director of Budget and Performance Management

Citizen Survey is open to the public: In case you missed it, we are re-broadcasting last month's interview.

Wed. February 6
Sat. February 9

Reuben Franklin,
Mobility Program Manager

More about the ParkStAug App: Update on how the launch of the app is going and what this new tool means for enhanced mobility services.

January 2019

Wed. January 30
Sat. February 2

Tara Bennie,
Parking Coordinator

ParkStAug mobile app launched: Parking in downtown St. Augustine just got a little easier with a simpler way to pay.

Wed. January 23
Sat. January 26

Meredith Breidenstein,
Director of Budget & Perfomance Management

Citizen's Survey is coming: What is the survey, how does it work, and how do members of the community take it?  Find out why  this is an important process and what happens to the information gathered.

Wed. January 16
Sat. January 19

Todd Grant,
Public Works Deputy Director

Resiliency, adaptation, sustainability: What do they mean, how are they related, how are they different? 

Wed. January 9
Sat. January 12

Amy Skinner,
Planning & Building Deputy Director

Comprehensive Plan 2040:  What is the Comp Plan and why do we need to update it?  Learn about the process and what areas of the city’s future will be included in the final document.

Wed. January 2
Sat. January 5

Stephen Slaughter,

Water main project in North City: New pipes, better water pressure when the yearlong project is completed.

It’s doubtful is anyone in the city can go all day without seeing someone from the Public Works Department working whether it is trash pick-up, parks maintenance, pot-hole fixing, or so many other tasks essential to the city. So, this week on The Break Room, Public Works Director Mike Cullum stops by and shares information on some of the projects Public Works is currently working on.

Mobility Director Reuben Franklin visits The Break Room this week with information on the debut of the city’s first bicycle share program in September. Reuben also shares brief updates on a number of mobility related activities including crosswalks, e-scooters, Cuna St. improvements and Florida Department of Transportation projects in the city including the May St./San Marco Ave. intersection work.