Historic St. Augustine building demolished after partially collapsing

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The historic Fornells building in downtown St. Augustine was demolished Thursday night, hours after the two-story building partially collapsed.


As crews tore down the more than 200-year-old structure on 62 Hypolita Street, some of the spectators felt their memories get crushed.

"It's really awful," said Diana Hamann who lived in the home in the 1960s. "It's very sad and my brother and I are very broken up about it because for us it's very personal, this is our childhood home."

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Woman seeks help for overgrown cemetery

ID=16188519ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Just off of State Road 207 in Hastings there is a small cemetery.

Cheryl Tate's father is buried there in the Hastings Masonic Cemetery.

She came to visit his grave site on his birthday Friday, but she had to trudge through weeds to get to it.

Tate said it's often overgrown. Sometimes she cannot take her small children there because it is so full of weeds, some of which are taller than she is.

"It's heartbreaking to come out here and see it the way it is. It's not right," Tate said.

King of Spain expected to visit St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine will celebrate its 450th birthday next year, and a big name guest has essentially submitted his RSVP for the party.


That guest is the King of Spain.

City leaders wanted the King of Spain to visit St. Augustine in 2015. After all, Spain founded St. Augustine in 1565.

A city leader told First Coast News, there's a 95 percent chance that King Felipe VI is coming.

Vistas of St. Augustine from the holiday light man

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's only September, but holiday lights are starting to go up in St. Augustine in preparation for the Nights of Lights.


This year, Chris Fitts, the man in charge of putting up the lights is doing something different. He's taking pictures of the city while he works, and the views are incredible.

Fitts has access to some highly secured areas, such as the twin towers at Flagler College.

He has to have that kind of access in order to put up more than two million lights for the Nights of Lights.

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Frontier Airlines starts flight from St. Augustine to D.C.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- You now have another option when it comes to flying out of the First Coast.

Frontier Airlines is offering flights from St. Augustine to Washington, D.C.

The inaugural flight landed at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport Monday afternoon. It's a big step in commercial airline service for St. Johns County.

Jessica Godwin and her two-year-old son were on the first flight out of St. Augustine to Washington Dulles International Airport.

"I just happened to see Frontier was starting to fly out of here," Godwin said, "and I looked it up and it was a good deal for me and my son."

Living in southern Georgia, she bypassed Jacksonville International Airport and snagged a ticket for $14.

Godwin laughed, "That's just today! When I come back, it'll be more."

Beat the heat: Mobile coolness

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- There's a new way to beat the heat.

It's called the Polar Pod. It's like a walk in cooler on wheels. It can be pulled like a trailer behind an SUV.

Steve Parry of St. Augustine invented it.

The concept: people can sit inside of the Polar Pod on benches for 4-8 minutes. It's about 49 – 55 degrees inside. And the inventor says it cools down your core, not just your skin.

It was a big hit at a police and fire training session today in St. Augustine.

Parry said the Polar Pod is available for festivals and outdoor events.

"One day I was hot. I was at my buddy's restaurant and asked if I could go inside his walk-in cooler because I was feeling heat exhausted. After a few minutes, I was good. And I thought, 'Wow. I'd pay money for this."