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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Coquina Park Opens to the Public in Time for Holiday Weekend

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Mitigation strategies and solutions at work

The City of St. Augustine will open its newest public space, currently referred to as Coquina Park, on Thursday, July 2. The park, located at 91 and 93 Coquina Ave., is open from sunrise to sunset.

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

City Commission passes resolution mandating face coverings indoors

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On Friday, June 26, in an emergency meeting called by City Manager John Regan, the City of St. Augustine City Commission passed a resolution mandating that face coverings be worn indoors and when social distancing is not possible.  Citing recent ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

City Commission upholds decision to postpone Fireworks Over the Matanzas

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Phase 2 re-opening compliance and public health are priority

On Monday, June 8, the St. Augustine City Commission unanimously upheld its decision to postpone the annual fireworks display, Fireworks Over the Matanzas, to a date to be determined at a future ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

St. Augustine Police Chief briefs City Commission on status of the department

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Body cameras, response to resistance, and upcoming accreditation

At the City Commission meeting on Monday, June 8, St. Augustine Police Chief Barry Fox provided an update on the current status of key issues initiatives in place at the Police Department.

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Concerts in the Plaza schedule temporarily suspended

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30th Anniversary season will have to wait

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Concerts in the Plaza, but fans will have to wait to celebrate since COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings and six-foot social distancing requirements make it difficult ...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Emergency City Commission meeting scheduled to address face mask policy

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Emergency City Commission meeting scheduled to address facemask policy

Rising statistics in COVID-19 cases creates need for local action

In response to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and in St. Johns county, and based on recomm...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

City begins gradual return to normal operations on June 1

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City Hall, customer service re-opens to public, parking fees and enforcement resumes

City Hall will re-open its doors to the public on Monday, June 1, starting at 8:00am and resume regular business hours, closing at 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Customer ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

July 4 Fireworks to be decided at June 8 City Commission meeting

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Deadline extended to allow for best and final decision

Following the City Commission’s May 11 decision to suspend the annual fireworks display, which was made based on inaccurate information, City Manager John Regan suggested convening a special ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

City relays recent regulatory interpretation

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Microbreweries and tattoo parlors impacted

Pursuant to recent Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) interpretations, microbreweries and tattoo parlors are permitted to operate as follows:

Microbreweries that partner with a food truck, an...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

VIC to open in preparation of Memorial Day

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As part of CDC guidelines, face masks strongly encouraged

On Monday, May 18, 2020, nearly two months to the day it closed and in anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitor Information Center (V...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Manager addresses concerns over Fireworks decision

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Special City Commission meeting will be scheduled for late May

The following is a statement from City Manager John Regan in response to community concern over the city’s decision to cancel the 4th of July fireworks celebration, Fireworks Over the...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

City coordinates distribution of masks to local businesses

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Keeping owners, staff and customers protected is first priority

In an effort to assist local businesses in their ability to safely open and operate, the City of St. Augustine will make available face masks for purchase starting today,

With a minimum order o...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

City allows temporary use of parking lots for outdoor seating

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Effective immediately, expires in thirty days or per superseding order from governor

Effective immediately and for a period of thirty days, licensed restaurants may reduce their parking area to create temporary outdoor dining, and licensed restaurants with...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

City will follow governor's directive for re-opening

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Local administrative orders superseded

On Monday, May 4, in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida’s plan for recovery, the City of St. Augustine, will begin a phased reopening in collaboration with ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Thermometer project launches

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People who work with the public, families with multiple children are prime candidates

On Tuesday, April 21, the City of St. Augustine, in collaboration with Kinsa, Inc., will launch its community health monitoring initiative by distributing 600 thermometer...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

City Commission will convene during COVID-19 crisis

Monday, April 13, 2020, 11:00AM The Alcazar Room City Hall, 75 King Street  Call for Public Comment:

Public will have options for public comment via email, telephone, online viewing

Pursuant to the Charter of the City of St. Augustine and Resolution 2019-21, an Emergency Meeting of the City of St. Augustine City Commission will be held on MONDAY, APRIL 13...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

City announces pilot project for monitoring community health

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Innovative thermometer technology provides real-time data

The City of St. Augustine, in collaboration with Kinsa, Inc., is developing a pilot project to provide real-time temperature data that will enable public health officials to monitor, predict, and re...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Current restrictions and guidelines extended

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City of St. Augustine executes Administrative Order 2020-06

The City of St. Augustine has executed Administrative Order 2020-06, to extend current restrictions and guidelines through May 8, 2020, which is consistent with the Governor’s Executive ...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Toilet paper alternatives not necessarily flushable

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Solid Waste collections remain on schedule

While festivals and public meetings have been temporarily put on hold, the City of St. Augustine Solid Waste collections will continue normal operations. Pickup of residential and commercial trash, recycling, and ...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City offices closed to the public starting Monday, March 23

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City makes decision to further protect community from threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the current pandemic situation, City of St. Augustine offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  This closure will not ...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

City offers clarification on recent decisions

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City Manager John Regan offers an update to the community

This is the transcript of City Manager John Regan’s community update video regarding Coronavirus, posted on Facebook on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

City executes administrative orders, keeping public health and welfare as highest priority

Everything addressed in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-68. including restaurant occupancy, ap

Administrative orders executed for public meetings, community businesses

Public meetings cancelled through end of March

In an abundance of caution and based on the recommendations of the Governor’s office the City of St. Augustine has executed an ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City of St. Augustine takes steps to minimize exposure to threat of COVID-19

As the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) incidents impact our community, the City of St. Augustine is

Public meetings for essential municipal matters, utility cutoffs suspended temporarily

As the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) incidents impact our community, the City of St. Augustine is continuing its efforts to curb the threat of the spread of Coronavir...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

City executes administrative order to cancel festivals

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Community health and welfare is highest priority

In an abundance of caution and based on the recommendations of the Governor’s office and the Florida Department of Health, the City of St. Augustine has executed an administrative order relating to...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

City is monitoring Coronavirus, following best practices to prevent spreading germs

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City Manager John Regan offers a status report to City Commission

The following information was presented to the City Commission on Monday, March 9, 2020, by City Manager John Regan:

As we continue to monitor the development of Coronavirus, Fire Chief Carlo...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

March is Florida Archaeology Month

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City Archaeology Lab offers open house tours at the end of March

Have you ever wondered about the history underneath your feet? Buried below the houses, businesses, and streets of St. Augustine is evidence of past lives, and the City of St. Augustine Archa...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Dredging to begin in Salt Run

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Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grant allows for dredging

Starting on Monday, March 2, and continuing for approximately six weeks, dredging activities will take place from the Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp north to the mouth of the Salt Run Channel. ...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Free Park & Ride Shuttle returns for spring festival season

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Shuttle service begins Saturday, March 7 

With spring just around the corner, the City of St. Augustine’s popular weekend festival season returns.  Romanza’s Celtic Festival and parade kicks-off March 13-15, followed b...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

City implements electronic submittal of building plans

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Software upgrade improves efficiency for contractors, architects, engineers, and others

Beginning March 1, 2020, the Planning and Building Department will begin implementing an electronic building plan submission procedure.  With a new software sy...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

County Census Committee Launches Campaign to Encourage Participation in 2020 Census

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St. Johns County’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee launched an educational campaign today designed to inform residents on the community-wide benefits of St. Johns County receiving the most accurate and complete census count possible in 2020...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

City Conducting Historic Resource Survey

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West Augustine and North St. Augustine Heritage Information Needed 

The City of St. Augustine is receiving a $50,000 grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to fund a historic site survey of areas in West Augustine, as well as area...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

City officials going to Tallahassee to fight for local control

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Preservation of Home Rule and local governance is critical

On Tuesday, February 11, senior city staff and elected officials will go to Tallahassee to testify before the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee  to uphold Home Rule, respect local deci...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

City Commission schedules workshops to discuss important topics

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Opportunity for open discussion in the “sunshine”

At the January 24, 2019, City Commission meeting, the commission scheduled several dates for upcoming workshops to discuss important topics outside of the regularly scheduled City Commis...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Nights of Lights free shuttle service concludes with record numbers

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Ridership exceeds 19,000 with nearly 6,400 vehicles parked

The city concluded its fourth successful season of free parking and shuttle service offered during the holiday time of Nights of Lights with a total of 19,119 riders and by keeping approximately 6,...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

City offers Waterworks Building presentation and tour

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St. Johns County Main Branch hosts event on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30am

The Waterworks Building in Davenport Park on San Marco Ave. will be on display for a tour on Saturday, January 25, following a presentation by Jenny Wolfe, the City of St. Augustin...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Arbor Day is January 17

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Annual ceremony scheduled for 11:00am at Joe Pomar, Jr. Park

The public is invited to join the City of St. Augustine’s commemoration of Arbor Day on Friday, January 17 at 11:00am at the Joe Pomar, Jr. Park, located at 1600 Masters Drive.

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Posted on: January 2, 2020

Commissioner Horvath appointed to Resiliency Florida Board

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Leadership in preparing for future impacts of weather reaches beyond city limits

At its November 25, 2019, Board of Directors meeting, the non-profit organization Resiliency Florida appointed City of St. Augustine Commissioner Roxanne Horvath to serve on t...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

City Manager names new Communications Manager

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Renaming of Public Affairs Department brings about change  

In the Nation’s Oldest City, much has been done in recent years to keep in step with the accelerated pace of information dissemination. And in a world where one missed letter in...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Used oil and electronics recycling event returns in January

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Where to get rid of holiday cooking oil and old electronics replaced by the newest gadgets 

The City of St. Augustine, in conjunction with St. Johns County Utilities and St. Johns Technical High School Academies of Coastal and Water Resources and ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Free Nights of Lights Park and Ride shuttle

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Every Saturday in December, special hours of operation following Christmas holiday

In addition to Saturdays in December, services following the Christmas holiday will be offered:

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

City approved for crosswalk at Municipal Marina

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Pedestrian safety remains a priority

At the November 21 regular meeting of the Historic Architectural Review Board, Mobility Coordinator Xavier Pellicer requested approval to construct pedestrian improvements across Avenida Menendez and Marine Street, span...

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

City will lease Fish Island conservation land

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Passive park, trails, interpretive signs part of property management design ideas

On Thursday, November 21, the state of Florida took possession of the 57-acre property referred to as Fish Island. The successful acquisition of this conservation land would ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Light-Up! Night honorees named for 26th annual Nights of Lights

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Former mayor to light the city; former Public Affairs Director to light the tree

Continuing a tradition begun by then St. Augustine Mayor George Gardner in 2003, current Mayor Tracy Upchurch has named honorees to turn the switches that will launch the 26th...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Charlotte Street excavations concluded

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State officials' visit to Los Remedios concludes archaeological investigation 

One of the most important archaeological digs in St. Augustine is coming to a close. The dig confirmed the location of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our La...

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Posted on: November 2, 2019

Public Works Department gets reorganized

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November 2, 2019

City's Public Works Department reorganized

Like many organizations, the start of a new year is a time for reassessment, evaluation and often the opportunity to conduct a reorganization to meet new and changing needs.

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

City recognized as StormReady® by National Weather Service

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Certification valid through 2022

The National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized the City of St. Augustine as being StormReady® having carefully reviewed criteria that includes nearly 70 individual evaluation points. Evaluation of the city based on that ...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Flood insurance rates likely to drop for many properties

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City receives improved classification from FEMA

The City of St. Augustine was recently notified that properties in the city may qualify for a 25% reduction in the premium cost of flood insurance as a result of its floodplain management activities.

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

FREE Tours of Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Tours are part of statewide City Government Week initiative

The City of St. Augustine will be joining cities throughout the state in celebrating Florida City Government Week from October 21-25.  Because city government is the government closest to...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Fire Chief appointed to board

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Carlos Aviles named to represent northeast Florida

St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles has been appointed to the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors as its Northeast Florida Director.

Aviles has been a member of the St. Augustine Fire Depa...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Q&A gathering at 91 Coquina Avenue

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The community is invited to an on-site Q &A gathering with staff from the city's Public Works Department at 91 Coquina Ave. this Friday, October 11 at 5:00pm.

The gathering will provide attendees an update on a project that when completed will result i...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Tom and Jean Rahner to receive Order of La Florida

Presentation of The Order of La Florida

Presentation ceremony set for Monday, September 9 at 4:00pm

It is not an exaggeration to say that for more than sixty years, very few performances of live theatre in St. Augustine have not the beneficiary of a contribution by Tom and Jean Rahner.

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Lane Shifts Anticipated at W. Castillo for Several Months

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Intermittent traffic interruptions expected through November

Drivers should expect lane shifts and intermittent closures along W. Castillo Dr. to allow for heavy equipment and machinery maneuvering due to construction at the site of the future San Marco Ho...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

FAQs About the City's Fire Assessment Fee

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Answers to some of the most often asked questions about the fire assessment fee

Last summer when St. Augustine property owners began receiving notices of city’s fire assessment fee, some had questions that were easily covered in just a few answers. &nb...

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