Man buys one city block full of historic homes

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- One man just bought a city block of historic homes in St. Augustine.


The complex is the former Dow Museum of Historic Places.

Earlier this month, David Corneal purchased the property for $1.7 million. It has 9 historic houses on it.

"Why not? As you get older, the risk becomes less and less," Corneal grinned.

Crews are already working on the site at the corner of Bridge Street and Cordova in downtown St. Augustine. The homes and beautiful gardens are in need of some TLC.

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Beekeeping in FL increases, but a bee die-off continues

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Beekeeping has become popular in Florida.


According to Master Beekeeper Bo Sterk in St. Augustine, there were about 400 – 500 beekeepers in the state when he started 20 years ago, and now there are about 3,500 beekeepers in the Sunshine State.

"A lot of people are getting involved with beekeeping. It's a great hobby," Sterk said.

However, the surge in beekeeping hasn't stopped the epidemic bee die-off across the country. Every year, about a third of honey bees die in the U.S.

Parts of downtown St. Augustine construction nears completion

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Some local businesses are ready to recover after a street and utility construction projection walloped their bottom lines in the last six months.


Hypolita Street in St. Augustine appears to be nearly complete. It's just off of popular St. George Street, and it will be completely open to pedestrians this weekend, according to Reuben Franklin, an engineer with the city.

This comes just as the Nights of Lights are turned on and the holiday visitors start packing the city streets this weekend.

VA considers sites for temporary clinic in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The future of the VA clinic in St. Johns County is still uncertain. Meanwhile the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced major restructuring of the department this week.


At the Veterans Day event in St. Augustine, the future of the VA clinic in the county was on people's minds.

Just ask veteran Ronald Covato.

"Who knows where they're going to put it! I don't think anybody knows," Covato said.

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Deputy terminated, she speaks about the case

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff's deputy and spokesperson has been fired from the force.


Sergeant Catherine Payne was arrested last week following an Amber Alert for her son.

Related: St. Johns County sergeant arrested on kidnapping charge

Payne was arrested when her 6 year old child was reported missing and she was with him.

Deputy showed 'bizarre behavior' before losing custody

ID=17745445ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The tension between Catherine Payne and her husband started -- at least legally – this past summer.

According to court documents, Catherine Payne started showing "bizarre behavior" in late August, which resulted in Mr. Payne getting sole custody of the child.

Catherine Payne, a deputy with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office who often addresses the media, and her husband – Philip Payne – a Florida State Trooper are going through a divorce.

Frontier discontinues St. Augustine to Washington D.C. flight

ID=17689279ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Frontier Airlines is discontinuing a flight out of St. Augustine that it just started last month.

The flight between St. Augustine and Washington D.C. will stop in January on a seasonal basis.

Frontier Airlines spokesman Todd Lehmacher calls the move "a seasonal adjustment" and said the "route met the company's expectations but did not show strength for year round service." He said no decision has been made to continue the flight.

This news is leaving many happy customers surprised and disappointed.