Boil water notice issued for St. Augustine Shores

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Officials issued a precautionary boil water notice Monday in St. Augustine for parts of the Shores subdivision serviced by the St. Johns County utility department.

That's after a contractor reportedly cut a water main while digging, triggering a water main break impacting roughly 900 homes in the area.

The notice affects the following neighborhoods:

  • All roads off San Remo Road east of Shores Boulevard
  • All roads off Christina Drive east of Shores Boulevard
  • All roads off Gilda Drive east of Shores Boulevard
  • All roads off East Bianca Circle east of Shores Boulevard
  • All of the Conquistador Condominiums off Christina Drive

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Restoring St. Augustine's Cathedral Basilica

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A First Coast church that is a National Historic Landmark is getting a major overhaul.


The Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine is the oldest Catholic parish in the country.

"It's a great renovation," Father Thomas Willis said, standing in the middle of a gutted sanctuary.

Willis leads the Cathedral Basilica while it goes through a renovation it hasn't seen in 50 years.

"It's fifty years later because the church was in desperate need of being addressed," Willis explained.

He said he was concerned about the cracks and water damage in the building, and so was the Bishop.

St. Augustine revokes 7-Eleven's building permit

ID=21827643ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A controversial plan to allow a 7-Eleven to be built at the entrance of historic downtown St. Augustine took a twist Thursday with residents fighting the plan and winning a battle at city hall.

The city commission reversed course, siding with residents who appealed a decision made last fall approving a 12 gas pump store to be built at the corner of San Marco Avenue and May Road.

The commission's decision to yank 7-Eleven's construction permit following six hours of testimony was unanimous.

Residents cited concerns about more traffic and the city's landscape being scarred. They also argued the design standards for the building were being compromised.

Flagler College undergoes extensive restoration

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A massive historic preservation project is underway at Flagler College in St. Augustine.


Restoration work started this month on the entire exterior of Ponce de Leon Hall, the main building on campus. It was Henry Flagler's first hotel in Florida, built in 1888.

Nearly the entire building is hidden behind scaffolding in the courtyard.

"It's a lot of work. It's a major undertaking," Flagler College President Dr. William Abare nodded Tuesday. He said this is just the beginning of the biggest restoration project the campus has ever seen.

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Repeated flooding in St. Augustine prompts business decision

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Repeated flooding on one street in St. Augustine has a local business owner choosing to set up a second location on higher ground.


High Tide Art Gallery is on the corner of Cordova Street and Hypolita in downtown St. Augustine.

Cordova is one of the streets that typically floods when St. Augustine gets a lot of rain.

Aimee Banion owns the art gallery. She keeps sand bags by the door to protect her merchandise from any rising water.

St. Augustine woman fabricates attack story: deputies

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County woman is facing charges after deputies say the 34-year-old made up a story about being attacked and strangled with a dog leash.

Heather Alene Johnson was booked into the St. Johns County Jail on Friday and charged with making a false report.

Johnson reportedly told deputies in June that she was violently attacked with a dog leash and box cutter at her residence off of Lobelia Road.

Investigators believe she made up the story to avoid a meeting with her probation officer.

Johnson has since posted bond and awaits her next court appearance.

Time capsule found during St. Augustine restoration

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Restoration crews in St. Augustine stumbled upon a time capsule placed in the Basilica nearly five decades ago.

Workers found the cardboard box on Wednesday as they dismantled an altar as part of the cathedral's nearly $4 million restoration project.

Everything from newspapers to two medallions of Pope Paul VI was found in the time capsule.

"It was not a surprise to find a time capsule in the altar of sacrifice. It is a tradition to leave a time capsule in the main altar during a restoration" said Brian Baker, whose company is overseeing the renovation.

It is estimated that coins found in the box are worth a few thousand dollars.

A new time capsule will be placed in the altar once restoration is complete.

Father Thomas Willis says he will work with all parties involved to decide what items to place in the new time capsule.