'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.

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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.

St. Augustine intersection creates 'worst traffic jam in city'

ID=75537276ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- One intersection that sits near the top of priority fix-it list often has traffic jams that stretch for a mile.

It's the intersection of May Street, San Marco Avenue and San Carlos.

The Florida Department of Transportation wants to improve traffic flow there, and it has the money to do the project.

Still, getting the neighbors and the city to agree on what needs to happen is not easy.

Jeannette Booth is not wild about FDOT's latest option.

Silver Alert called off for Ponte Vedra Beach man

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A Silver Alert issued for a missing Ponte Vedra Beach man Friday evening has been called off, authorities said.

James Mandeville, 69, was located hours after the alert was issued, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office reports.

Mandeville was found by JSO.

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St. Augustine Beach entrepreneur pedals for profit

ID=75137016ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — One young entrepreneur out of Saint Augustine Beach says he never meets a stranger while out pedaling.

He charges a one-time fee for every 5-by-5-foot banner and he's driving his business forward with every mile.

Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of words to get a message across. And that can be a good thing because in Breck Slaughter's case, he doesn't need them.

"I love my business. I protect it. These signs are the most important to my whole family," said Slaughter.

He doesn't let his struggles get in the way.

"I am the CEO, the chairman. Yes, I am," said Slaughter. "I have the power to do it because the authority tells."

Should developers, not taxpayers, pay for new schools?

ID=75117156ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The one and only item on the ballot in St. Johns County Tuesday dealt with a half-cent sales tax increase for schools.

The school district says it needs money to keep up with the swelling student population.

But those who oppose the tax it should be up to the developers responsible for the growth to support the schools.

As more homes go up in St. Johns County, more families with children are moving in.

Verarose Muir moved to Nocatee recently from Maryland with her teenage daughter.

"I wanted warmer weather and good schools," said Muir, "and this is why I'm in St. Johns County."

St. Augustine rolls out website to be more transparent

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine is trying to make it easier to find out where taxpayer money is really going.

On Monday, the city rolled out a new website in an effort to become more transparent.

It contains the city's expenses, revenue, the budget for the fiscal year, and how much has been spent so far.