Hotel boom happening in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A hotel boom is taking place in St. Johns County.

Hundreds of new hotel rooms are expected to be added to the market in the next three years, according to the St. Augstine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau.

All over St. Johns County, new hotels are under construction or slated for construction. In addition, existing hotels are getting renovated or rebuilt.

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Man shot 3 times by relative at St. Augustine gun range

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A 62-year-old Georgia man has been hospitalized after an 'accidental' shooting at a St. Augustine gun range Friday, authorities said.

Aaron Acklan, 62, of Darien, Ga. was listed in stable condition at last check, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened just before noon at Ancient City Shooting Range located at 3021 Range Drive.

St. Augustine to tackle flooding on bayfront

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — In downtown St. Augustine, the streets often flood when it rains.ID=76442360

But more and more this year, people are noticing the roads are flooding when it is not raining.

Diane Boyd works at Mary's Harbor View Café on Avenida Menendez just across from the water in downtown St. Augustine.

It's a popular street in St. Augustine between the fort and the Bridge of Lions. She said it's been flooding more frequently this year along the street.

Water builds up in the parking spaces along both sides of the road. The fort parking lot also flooded this week.

Families continue tradition of spending Thanksgiving in the great outdoors

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — At Anastasia State Park, the camp sites are all booked for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.ID=76428634

A good chunk of the camp sites are occupied by a group of more than 50 friends who come out here every year for Thanksgiving.

The Skielnik family was one of the founding families of this Thanksgiving tradition.

"We started coming to St. Augustine in 1989 with another family. Neither of us had families in Florida at the time in the late 80's when we both moved from the north," Sam Skielnik said.

And so those families decided to camp out for the holiday. Now there are more than 50 people in this group.

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Police: 3 arrested for drug possession and concealed firearms

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Three were arrested in the parking lot of a Regency Inn & Suites off A1A in St. Augustine Tuesday for carrying concealed firearms, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

Travis Avery, 22, of Dallas, N.C., was arrested by St. Augustine Police and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dalton Campbell, 24, of Dallas, N.C., was also arrested for resisting arrested without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Angel Luther, 22, of Dallas N.C., was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said that officers were called to 331 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine after management of a business there wanted three people removed from their property and warned to not trespass.

'Unauthorized' security company drill causes fort evacuation

ID=76406174ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A security company doing an exercise without permission caused the evacuation of The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, the Jacksonville FBI office has confirmed to First Coast News.

According to the National Park Service, the fort was closed about 12:30 p.m. after visitors spotted three people who appeared suspicious to them.

The St. Augustine Police department tells First Coast News that witnesses reported that subjects entered the fort and possibly left backpacks behind.

Urban legend? Mystery light bulb in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights

ID=75958216ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Did you know there is a mystery light bulb in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights display?

Millions of clear lights are put up all around St. Augustine for the Nights of Lights each year, but every once in a while, you will see one of a different color.


That's a question for Chris Fitts. He and his company, Angels in the Architecture, have put up the millions of lights for the Nights of Lights for 22 years.

And nearly every year , there's a different colored bulb among the millions of clear ones.

It's become part of the city's lore.