Listen to 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 Communications Manager Melissa Wissel, the 15-minute weekly program offers a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations of city government through conversations with city employees who do the work every day. TBR airs every Tuesday at 5:00pm, Wednesday at 5:00pm, Saturday at 8:00am, and Sunday at 8:00am.

November 2020

Wed. November 25
Sat. November 28
Sun. November 29
Bob Growick, Fire Marshal and Prevention OfficerHoliday Fire Safety: Kitchen fires, unattended cooking, and short-term rental fire safety inspections 
Wed. November 18
Sat. November 21
Sun. November 22
Gabe Pellicer, General Manager of the St. Augustine AmphitheatreThe Beat Goes On: The reopening of The Amp and additional health safety measures in place
Wed. November 11
Sat. November 14
Sun. November 15
Carlos Aviles, Fire ChiefStAugAlerts: Do you know how to receive notifications during an emergency?
Wed. November 3
Thurs. November 4
Sat. November 7
Glabra Skipp, Environmental Compliance Analyst and Olivia Smith, Recycling CoordinatorWhy Recycle?: The impact recycling has on our environment and how you can help
October 2020

Wed. October 28
Thurs. Oct 29
Sat. Oct 31
Patrick Doty, CFM, Senior PlannerShort Term Rentals: Registration fees, zoning areas, inspection requirements, and more
Wed. October 20
Thurs. October 21
Sat. October 24
Chris Pacetti, St. Augustine Fire Department Chief of Operations and TrainingMeeting our City's Needs: Intense training, meticulous planning, and custom equipment design
Wed. October 14
Thurs. October
Sat. October 17
Vicky Oakes, St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections2020 General Election: Answering your questions about this year's election process
Wed. October 7
Thurs. October 8
Sat. October 10
Abby Pedigo, Fire Safety InspectorFire Safety Week: How you can prevent home fires and related injuries
September 2020

Wed. September 30
Thurs. October 1
Sat. October 3
Reuben Franklin, Public Works DirectorKing Tide, Nor'easter, Rainfall, and Flood Warnings: What all this means for St. Augustine
Wed. September 23
Thurs. September 24
Sat. September 26
Michael Ryan, St. Johns County Communications ManagerIt's Not Too Late: Learn how to make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census 
Wed. September 16
Thurs. September 17
Sat. September 19
Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation OfficerResilient Heritage in the Nation's Oldest City: What you need to know about keeping history above water
Wed. September 9
Thurs. September 10
Sat. September 12
Mike McLendon, Construction InspectorFrom the Driveway to the Sidewalk: The daily challenges of being a Construction Inspector
Wed. September 2
Thurs. September 3
Sat. September 5
Jessica Beach, Capital Improvement EngineerWater, Water Everywhere: Storm water, coastal flooding, and tidal flooding in the Nation's Oldest City
August 2020

Wed. August 26
Thurs. August 27
Sat. August 29
Jonathan Foster, Project Development Engineer What You Need to Know About the Flow: Transferring West King from septic to sewer
Wed. August 19
Thurs. August 20
Sat. August 22
Abby Pedigo, Fire Safety InspectorThe 5 E's of Fire Safety: Life safety tips, Fire Department updates, and more! 
Wed. August 12
Thurs. August 13
Sat. August 15
Vicky Oakes, St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Elections during COVID-19: What voters can expect 
Wed. August 5
Thurs. August 6
Sat. August 8
JB Miller, Land Management CoordinatorFish Island, Part 2: The Management Plan Process and Management Advisory Group 
July 2020 

Wed. July 29
Thurs. July 30
Sat. August 1
JB Miller, Land Management CoordinatorFish Island, Part 1: How did the City come to own the land? 
Wed. July 22
Thurs. July 23
Sat. July 25
Darlene Galambos, City Clerk Get Involved: The challenges and solutions for public participation in government meetings during COVID-19 
Wed. July 8
Thurs. July 9
Sat. July 11  
Olivia Smith, Recycling CoordinatorRethinking Recycling: You may know what can or cannot be recycled; but, do you know why? 
June 2020 
Wed. June 31
Thurs July 1
Sat. July 4
Pat McCaulley, SAPD Commander of the Patrol Division
Status of Key Issues: Body cameras, response to resistance policy, and accreditation application status.
Wed. June 24
Thurs. June 25
Sat. June 27
Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation OfficerHistoric Preservation during Relocation: How the City plans to safely move the Confederate memorial 
Wed. June 17
Thurs. June 18
Sat. June 20
Olivia Smith, Recycling CoordinatorCelebrating Waste and Recycling Workers Week: The roles and responsibilities of municipal solid waste crews, recycling rules, and the impact of special events. 
Wed. June 10
Thurs. June 11
Sat. June 13
Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief, and Linda Stoughton, St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Keeping St. Augustine Safe: What combating COVID-19 and this year’s hurricane season will look like. 
Wed. June 3
Thurs. June 4
Sat. June 6
Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief2020 Hurricane Season: This year’s hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery plans 
May 2020 
Wed. May 27
Thurs. May 28
Sat. May 30
Jim Piggott, General Services DirectorSafety First: Plans for reopening the Galimore Community Pool and the Visitor’s Information Center (VIC)
Wed. May 20
Thurs. May 21
Sat. May 23
Public Works Director Reuben Franklin and Utilities Director Todd GrantNational Public Works Week:  How the Public Works and Utilities Departments keep the City’s rhythm in motion 
Wed. May 13
Thurs. May 15
Sat. May 16
Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation OfficerMay is Historic Preservation Month:  Upcoming grants and projects, plus tips to celebrate this special month. 
Wed. May 6
Thurs. May 7
Sat. May 9
Danny Hodges, Wastewater Collection SupervisorWhen you flush your toilet, where does it go?  There is a lot more to ’down the drain’ than meets the eye.
April 2020 

Wed. April 29
Thurs. April 30
Sat. May 2
Stephen Slaughter, Engineering Manager

When Science and Engineering Meet: Did you know that being an engineer for the City goes well beyond construction projects?

Wed. April 22
Thurs. April 23
Sat. April 25
Cori Niles, Customer Service Coordinator

Customer Service during COVID-19: How COVID-19 has impacted the customer service department, including setting up the Kinsa Thermometer Project phone lines.

Wed. April 15
Thurs. April 16
Sat. April 18
Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief

Coronavirus v. Hurricane: How is the Fire Department responding and adapting to impacts of COVID-19 and how is it different (or similiar) to preparing for hurricane season?

Wed. April 8
Thurs. April 9
Sat. April 11
Tracy Upchurch, Mayor

Reflections as Mayor of the Nation’s Oldest City: Then and Now: Since 1998, much has changed, but much has stayed the same.  How are things different now?

Wed. April 1
Thurs. April 2
Sat. April 4
John Regan, City Manager

UPDATE from the City Manager: What the city is doing and the positive impact of our community’s compliance with social distancing.

March 2020 
Wed. March 25
Thurs. March 26
Sat. March 28
Marcus Pinson, Utility Plant Engineer

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The other side of the story - what utilities departments do to help the community in a crisis like this.

Wed. March 11
Thurs. March 12
Sat. March 14
Shelley Clayton, Permits Coordinator

Building Permits Go Online: Learn about the Planning and Building Department and the new online process for submitting building permits.

Wed. March 4
Thurs. March 5
Sat. March 7
Andrea White, City Archaeologist

March is Archaeology Month: Hear about current projects and the upcoming Open House events scheduled at the end of March.

February 2020 
Wed. February 26
Thurs. February 27
Sat. February 29
Kim Mayo, Event and Venue Coordinator

Spring festivals and free shuttle: Everything you need to know about the upcoming festival season and the parking shuttle; also, how to apply for an event permit.

Wed. February 19
Thurs. February 20
Sat. February 22
Sam Adukiewicz, Harbormaster

Full-service Marina and more: Transient boaters and community benefits from services offered at the city marina

Wed. February 12
Thurs. February 13
Sat. February 15
Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections

Upcoming Special Election: Register to vote, know where to vote, and more.

Wed. February 5
Thurs. February 6
Sat. February 8
Isabelle Lopez, City Attorney

City Charter and upcoming City Special Election: Updates and what’s on the ballot that registered voters should know about.

January 2020 
Wed. January 29
Thurs. January 30
Sat. February 1
Darlene Galambos, City Clerk

The keeper of our past: Continuing the conversation about Sunshine Law, civic boards and the need for upcoming City Commission workshops.

Wed. January 22
Thurs. January 23
Sat. January 25
Mike Cullum, Chief Resilience Officer

Resiliency is a work in progress: An update on current projects, including Fish Island, Coquina Park, and Lake Maria Sanchez.

Wed. January 15
Thurs. January 16
Sat. January 18
John Cary, Assistant City Attorney

Who needs a lawyer?: What are the roles and responsibilities of the city attorney?  What is a Sunshine Law?

Wed. January 8
Thurs. January 9
Sat. January 11
Mark Hartley, Streets and Grounds Manager

Nights of Lights, Arbor Day, and Coquina Park: What it takes to keep our city green, clean and beautiful throughout the year.

Wed. January 1
Thurs. January 2
Sat. January 4
Todd Grant, Utility Director

Sustainable St. Augustine: What is "sustainability" and what does it mean for the City?

December 2019 
Wed. December 25
Thurs. December 26
Sat. December 28
Glabra Skipp, Environmental Program Coordinator

Go Green, St. Augustine: Environmental initiatives, including the upcoming used oil and electronics recycling event, keep us on the front lines of being environmentally aware.

Wed. December 18
Thurs. December 19
Sat. December 21
Abby Pedigo, Fire Safety Inspector

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires: Reminders for staying safe while you’re cooking, keeping warm, and celebrating the holidays.

Wed. December 11
Thurs. December 12
Sat. December 14
Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer

Preservation Funding & Grants: Historic Preservation is more than fixing a roof or repairing a crack.

Wed. December 4
Thurs. December 5
Sat. December 7
Reuben Franklin, Public Works Director

Public Works and Mobility Update: With the recent re-organization, what does it mean for the Public Works Department and the future of Mobility?

November 2019 
Wed. November 27
Thurs. November 28
Sat. November 30
Steve Curmode, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor

Fats, Oils, and Grease: What to do with all that leftover oil from holiday cooking.

Wed. November 20
Thurs. November 21
Sat. November 23
Xavier "X" Pellicer, Mobility Coordinator

Free Park & Ride Shuttle Returns: Ride the shuttle downtown and join us for the Light-Up! Night kick-off celebration for Nights of Lights.

Wed. November 13
Sat. November 16
Paul Williamson, Public Affairs Director

The changes in providing public information: After over ten years as host of The Break Room, Paul Williamson sits on the other side of the microphone and reflects on 19+ years of service to the Nation’s Oldest City.

Wed. November 6
Sat. November 9
Mike Cullum, Chief Resilience Officer

The changing roles in Public Works : A look at the importance of having a staff member dedicated to addressing the concerns of sea level rise for our city.

October 2019 
Wed. October 30
Sat. November 2
Sharon Langford, Visitor Services Manager
Jolinda LeVeck, Administrative Coordinator

A look back over the years: After 30 years of service each to the city, Sharon and Jolinda reflect on the changes as well as on the things that still remain the same in The Nation’s Oldest City.

Wed. October 23
Sat. October 26
Melissa Wissel, Public Information Coordinator

There’s a new website in town: The new website launched about one month ago - listen here to learn about some of the new features and what makes this site different from the previous.

Wed. October 16
Sat. October 19
Kim Mayo, Event and Venue CoordinatorNights of Lights: Light-Up! Night is November 23.  Listen for more information. 

Wed. October 9
Sat. October 12

Mike Cullum, Public Works Director

91 Coquina Park Update: Hear about progress of the project including the status of the permits, relocation efforts, removal of invasive vegetation and more.

Wed. October 2
Sat. September 28

Abby Pedigo, Fire Safety Inspector, Firefighter

Fire Prevention Month 2019 Theme: Not every hero wears a cape.  Plan and practice your escape!  

September 2019 

Wed. September 25
Sat. September 28

Jessica Beach, Stormwater Engineer

Stormwater and surge: Lessons learned from Dorian, the effectiveness of recent steps in improved stormwater management, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Lake Maria Sanchez project.

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.